Miami-Dade iPrep grads are all headed to college

MIAMI (WSVN) - Every senior at one South Florida school is college bound, and some of the students were even accepted into Ivy League schools.

It’s college and university signing day for seniors at the iPrep Academy. This small Miami-Dade County magnet school is made up of students who have achieved the highest standards in education.

“I think I’m going to major in applied math,” said Steven Espinoza, who has enrolled in Harvard University.

Shaun Sedrick has enrolled at Haverdford College. He said, “I’m going to major — a dual major — with physics and computer science.”

“Business administration. I hope to get a dual major in social science/computer science,” said Juan Murillo who is enrolled at Florida International University.

Espinoza could hardly believe he made it to Harvard University. “My heart stopped for a good 10 seconds, and then I started screaming because I couldn’t believe it.”

For him, iPrep paved the way to his entrance into the Ivy League school of his dreams. “I think internships really helped,” said Espinoza, “just because it let me see what it’s like to be professional and what it’s like in the real world.”

Proud teachers looked on as the graduating class signed to top universities in Florida and across the United States.

“I feel like a small class size is really important — getting to know your teacher and getting that connection,” said Sedrick, who landed a full ride as a Questbridge Scholar to Haverford College in Pennsylvania.

One hundred percent of the graduating iPrep seniors are going to four-year colleges or universities across the United States. Murillo said, “iPrep is doing a really good job, especially the teachers.”

He said iPrep has allowed him and his fellow students the chance to experience innovative teaching techniques in a technology rich environment. “At the end of the day, we all put in the effort to get to where we want to be. That’s all that matters.”

Some of these students are the first in their families to graduate from high school and some are the first in their families to attend college.

“That touches me deeply,” said Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho. “I was the first in my family to graduate high school, first to go to college, so I identify with many of these kids. This is about building hope and opportunity one kid at a time, and I think they are a point of pride for all their families.”

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