Do you remember the spring of your senior year of high school? It was the time you were supposed to be hearing back from the schools to which you’d applied. You either got a skinny “rejection” envelope or that thick acceptance packet. Many of us were running to the mailbox everyday, stomach in knots.
But D.C. student Avery Coffey can relax a bit. Coffey applied to five Ivy League schools and was accepted by all of them.
Coffey attends Benjamin Banneker Academic High School, a D.C. public school with strict rules, that has boasted a 100 percent post secondary school acceptance rate since 1984.
The strict regulations contribute to Banneker’s success. The schools’ 439 students are not allowed to bring a cell phone onto school property and the students are not allowed to go to their lockers during the school day. The rule has spawned an interesting tradition of students piling their books up at the base of their lockers so they can grab them quickly in between classes.
17 year old Coffey, who enjoys sports, has earned a 4.3 GPA, adjusted for the rigorous International Baccalaureate courses he takes. Coffey, who has also achieved high standardized test scores, describes himself as a determined student. His determination has resulted in college acceptance letters from Harvard, Princeton, Yale, the University of Pennsylvania and Brown.
Four of the five schools have offered him substantial financial aid packages, while Harvard is still formulating its offer.
Coffey grew up raised by a single mother in D.C.’s Ward 8, one of the poorest parts of the city. Coffey’s mom works as a technician at Children’s Hospital.
Coffey, who wants to major in finance, says his ideal job would be “the CEO of an investment (or management consulting) firm. I guess pretty much overseeing acquisitions or transactions between large companies. Hopefully, Fortune 500 companies.”
Coffey also has advice for younger children, coming up behind him.
“You can go anywhere you want to, pursue any career that you want to, and you shouldn’t let anybody hinder you from trying to reach your goals.”
For right now, Coffey is sill deciding on which school to attend but is leaning toward University of Pennsylvania and Harvard.
You can watch Coffey’s story in the video below.
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