A big graduation cheer is in order for Latino seniors at Highland High School and the educators who helped them.
The Salt Lake City school reports that 84 percent of Latino seniors will graduate this week. (Latinos are roughly a quarter of the whole class.) Not only is that well above the statewide average of 68 percent for Latino students, but it's also above the 82 percent rate for white students at Highland. That just doesn't happen very often in this state or in the nation.
Principal Paul Schulte has invested in a targeted approach that finds and helps drifting students. "I don't necessarily always buy into that I have to have a special focus on the Latino kids or the Polynesian kids," Schulte said. "I've always kind of run the school [thinking] if you just do the right thing for kids, for the school, it takes care of everybody."