New Haven high schools with better attendance rates score higher on the SATs, according to records from the state Department of Education. For example, Amistad High School recorded an attendance rate of 96.6 percent and scored a combined average of 1,280 on the SATs in 2011-12 academic year. While Wilbur Cross – with an attendance rate of 84.7 percent – had a combined average SAT score of 1,238, in the same year. Most high schools in the New Haven district reported lower attendance rates and SAT scores than the state average, the state data shows. Christopher Bostock, principal of Achievement First Amistad High School, said, “Attendance is extremely important in helping students achieve strong test scores.”
Terrell Saunders, 16, has a dream that is out of this world: he wants to become an astronaut. “I want to make a discovery,” said Saunders, when asked how he sees himself 10 years from now. He is sure he wants to study science or astronomy. Saunders was born in the Bronx, NY, but moved to Connecticut when he was four years old. He now lives in Bridgeport.
Julyanna Schreider, 16, doesn’t want to live her life regretting what she could have done. Her dream is to keep running her mother’s modeling business. She is adventurous and outgoing. Her favorite quote is from Mark Twain: “Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines.