Regis High School's REACH Program Featured in The Wall Street Journal
Regis High School's REACH Program was recently featured as a cover story in the Greater New York section of the August 19 issue of The Wall Street Journal. Below is an excerpt of that article. View the complete article on The Wall Street Journal website.


The Wall Street Journal.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Taking the Longer View of Diversity:
New York’s Regis High School Recruits Promising
Minority Fifth-Graders
Competitive High School Offers Three-Year Program That Includes
Boot Camp, Summer Classes
The Wall Street Journal.
Boys enrolled in Regis High School's three-year program called REACH take a break from summer classes. Their focus is on achievement. 'Once you get into the mind-set of studying, almost nothing can break you,' said Uziel Dominguez, the 13-year-old son of a nanny and a deli worker. Claudio Papapietro for The Wall Street Journal
By Leslie Brody

For a long time, competitive high schools have laid much of the blame for their lack of diversity on the difficulty of finding more black and Hispanic students with the academic skills to thrive.

Leaders of a selective Jesuit high school on the Upper East Side say they have figured out a way: Recruit them in fifth grade.

Every year, Regis High School picks about 40 fifth-grade Catholic boys with promise for an intensive boot camp that includes four years of summer school, plus Saturday classes every fall and spring. At the end, usually about a third of them have the grades, test scores and commitment to get seats at Regis.

This long-term approach stands in contrast to the high-pressure exam used as the sole gateway to eight elite New York City public high schools, which have been criticized for admitting only a small...

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Posted: 8/22/14