Eighteen graduate from Charleston Acceleration Academy's Class of 2019

Charleston Acceleration Academy celebrated its largest-ever graduating class last month. At right is South Carolina state Rep. JA Moore (D-Hanahan), who gave the commencement address.   Photo courtesy of Diana Solis

Charleston Acceleration Academy held a graduation ceremony for 18 students in December, its largest-ever graduating class in the school’s short history.

The academy, which opened in September 2018, applauded its newest graduates on Dec. 18. The honorees have identified dream careers such as an Army officer, electrician, and school counselor, among others.

Charleston Acceleration Academy provides academic and support services to high school-level individuals not actively enrolled in school who are either at risk of not earning a high school diploma or wish to continue their education. During his commencement address, South Carolina state Rep. JA Moore (D-Hanahan) told the graduates that there were times when he didn't know if he was going to make it but he never gave up on himself.

"Teachers and staff that I had known for four years gave up on me," recalled one of the graduates, Noah Ratliff. "It was devastating. Then I enrolled in Charleston Acceleration Academy, or as I call it, the school that changed my life. I have gained friends, a love for education and a purpose."

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