El Dorado Promise Featured In American Airlines Magazine

The El Dorado Promise, which has marked its seventh anniversary this year, gets some good ink in American Way magazine, a publication of American Airlines and American Eagle. The article begins by noting how El Dorado High School has been purposefully designed to mimic a college:

“We tried to get as close to a college environment as we could,” says Bob Watson, the superintendent of the El Dorado School District. But what’s so intriguing about the deliberate college-oriented design of El Dorado High School is that it’s not strictly a way to reinforce the idea that the student body should strive for college. No, the high school in this economically challenged, rural Southern town of around 19,000 is designed the way it is because every single student who graduates knows he or she actually can go to college, and this is a way to get them ready. 

You can read the full article, which includes a slideshow of photos inside the school, here.

You'll remember that the El Dorado Promise, announced in 2007 and funded by Murphy Oil Corp. of El Dorado, gives El Dorado Public Schools graduates the chance to earn college degrees tuition-free.

Last month, the program said there have been 1,444 Promise scholarship recipients to date.