Local high school has 100% acceptance rate into colleges and universities

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Cristo Rey Columbus is a unique college preparatory school for low to middle income students. The students go through a professional work-study program where they work five days a month all four years in exchange for tuition funds from various companies across Central Ohio.

"We expose them to a very rigorous academic program -- very tough," said Jim Foley, president of Cristo Rey Columbus High School. "We don't want them to just go to college, we want them to go and be ready for college when they get there."

Wednesday, Cristo Rey Columbus hosted a school party in celebration of the Class of 2017.

"We are celebrating today the fact that 100 percent of our seniors have been accepted into at least one college or university," said Foley. "Together, they've earned over a million dollars in merit based scholarships."

"It was more emotional than I thought it would be," said Foley.

Asia Riley is one of the seniors who was celebrated.

"I can go around bragging about oh yea 100 percent of my class got accepted!," said Riley.

Riley got into seven colleges and universities across the country.

"Spelman, that was my dream school! I've wanted to go there since I was in the 8th grade. And when I first opened the acceptance letter to that, it just felt like a weight was lifted off my shoulders," Riley said about the historically Black, all women's college in Atlanta, Georgia. "I cried!"

Riley's acceptance into Spelman was a dream come true, especially after life seemed to teach her a few harsh lessons.

"Last year, I lost my mom unexpectedly," said Riley while she held back tears.

Riley's mom died from a heart attack. After her mother's death, Riley found a new purpose in life.

"People tell me all the time: 'Asia look, you've made your mom proud!' ...and, that's all I ever wanted," Riley said.

Most of the students at Cristo Rey Columbus are first generation college students.

Cristo Rey Columbus opened in 2013. The class of 2017 is their first graduating class which consists of 55 students.