Last year, senior Jeff Seidl received a prestigious National Merit Scholarship, graduated from Skyline High School in Oakland and enrolled at Harvard. This year, graduating senior Andrew Wong-Rolle will do the same.
National Merit Scholarship winners each receive $2,500 toward the college or university of their choice. Nationwide, 2,500 students receive this award based on the results of their 2011 PSAT/NMSQT taken in the fall of their junior year out of approximately 1.5 million students.
Skyline High School offers college-level courses, called AP or Advanced Placement courses, honors courses and a full spectrum of courses for general college prep and academies and pathways such as the architecture graphic design, computer science and technology academy, education, green energy, sports, health and fitness, media, law and democracy and performing arts.
Seidl and Wong-Rolle took advantage of the opportunities at Skyline to take AP courses in English, math and science, and both were in the performing arts department where they honed their music skills in the pit band, jazz band, marching band and jazz combo.
Skyline's teachers help students accomplish their academic aims, holding study sessions before school, during lunch, after school and sometimes have office hours at cafes in the community.
Skyline's current acting Principal Vinh Trinh, who is being recommended to the permanent principal job, is himself a Harvard advanced degree graduate. Trinh advised both seniors.