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Celebrating National First-generation Day

Posted November 8, 2023

First-generation high school students finding success through

College and Career Academies

DENVER – Abraham Lincoln High School (ALHS) in southwest Denver and the Denver Scholarship Foundation will join the National First-Generation College Student Day celebration on Wednesday, Nov. 8, by highlighting concurrently enrolled high school/college students on the path to a college degree.

The four College and Career Academies at Lincoln, the College Success Academy, the Career Success Academy, the 9th Grade Connect Academy, and Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools (P-Tech) Business Academy, are positioned to offer students college credit and career experience during their high school years. 

“Over 85% of Lincoln students who are on the path to earning a college degree during their high school years consider themselves first-generation college students,” said Lincoln Assistant Principal Scott Burke. “The College and Career Academies at Lincoln High School offer these students a path to an associate degree in Business from the Community College of Denver while completing high school.”

At Lincoln, approximately 15% of the student body is enrolled in one or more AP classes and 20% of students are enrolled in one or more concurrent enrollment courses at any given time here at Lincoln.

The Future Center at ALHS, one of 15 Future Centers in Denver Public Schools, is staffed by Denver Scholarship Foundation College Advisors who provide resources to plan for college. 

Through another program, students can leverage their native language as a strength in order to earn college credit through concurrent enrollment in Spanish classes.

“Since last April. We have welcomed nearly 90 new-to-country students to Lincoln,” said Burke. “We offer unique college opportunities designed for this group of students as well, specifically the pathway to a Spanish Minor through Metropolitan State University.”

Abraham Lincoln High School is proud to provide all students the opportunity to graduate from high school ready for college and career. Students have the opportunity to be on the path to earning 12 college credits, industry experience, a certification, or an Associate’s Degree.