Dionta Thompson, 14, donned a fancy hat and tails Wednesday morning for his graduation ceremony at Lafayette Bloom Back on Track Accelerated Middle School in the West End.
The school caters to students who had been retained one or more years in elementary school. The students enter the school in the sixth or seventh grade and take an accelerated course load that allows them to complete two years of coursework in one year or three years in two years.
By the end of the program, many students are back on track with other students their age. The school graduated 108 students Wednesday.