All Girls Brooklyn High School First Graduating Class Receives 100% College Acceptance Rate

  • Written by Ashlee Banks
  • Published on 2nd July 2021
    Photo Credit: ATU Images
  • The Brooklyn Emerging Leaders Academy’s (BELA) 2021 graduating class is the school’s first graduating class to have a 100% college acceptance rate, reported.
  • The academy, located in Bed-Stuy, opened its doors in 2017 aiming to help young Black and Brown girls overcome educational challenges by empowering them to embrace themselves and reach their full potential.
  • BELA’s graduating class is comprised of 50 students with 90% of the girls in the senior class identifying as Black. The monumental achievement also marks a first for 75% of the graduating class who will become first-generation college students.
  • During the 2020-2021 school year, BELA’s seniors collectively applied to more than 150 colleges and universities and received nearly $1 million in merit-based scholarships.


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