MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - Drums, trumpets, and diplomas. The school known for its musical prowess is now known for its academic success.
The Soulsville Charter School, which opened in 2005, held its first ever graduation Thursday night. More than fifty students walked across the stage and each one is headed to college.
Soulsville Charter School Executive Director NeShante Brown says, "We're making a dream become reality." She told abc24.com watching those 51 seniors walk across the stage made her "feel like a proud Mom. I'm excited about the future."
Graduating senior Kenneth Crawford says the key to success at Soulsville can be attributed to the discipline. Kimyata Perry agrees. She told abc24.com, "the discipline, it was burned into our head. It was bang... since day one."
75 percent of those that graduated will become the first in their families to go to college. The seniors earned nearly $4 million in scholarship money.