There was a commencement ceremony for students at the Gersh Academy High School with only six graduates present. The reason there were only six students present is that was the size of the graduating class. This may not seem very important too many, however, to the first graduating class of Gersh Academy High School, the parents and of course the staff, this is a great accomplishment.
The Gersh Academy High School is proud of their accomplishment today with the forward motion of their goal to teach students with neurobiological disorders and to see the first class graduating.
Evan Schermer the executive director of Hauppauge School commented "Six years ago, I never dreamed we'd have a graduation like this," and "Today embodies everything that the parents, the staff and the students worked so hard to achieve. For these students to graduate with a Regents diploma makes it all worth it."
One hundred people joined the graduates with rain in the forecast and all huddled together to watch as the 7-year-old school held their first commencement ceremony. The graduates wore maroon satin gowns as they received their diplomas. These students were told that they were the pioneers of tomorrow, setting the stage for other students.
President Kevin Gersh reminisced about each one of the graduates with stories. He told about reading Andrew Bifulco's creative stores. Gersh stated, "I commend all of you guys for growing," "And for allowing us to grow with you."
Gersh also acknowledged Bravian Jackson's imaginative talents, Steven Walsh's work ethic and Jack Edelson's impetuous honesty. He related to Edelson holding back tears that "I expect amazing things from you," "And I'm looking forward to the next boy to challenge me as much as you."
At this time, Gersh Academy High School has 75 students enrolled in grades kindergarten through 12th grade. The academy meets all state educational standards and strives to mold their curriculum for every child's particular needs. Scores for Regents exams this year were in the 90's told Lisa Consolo who is the director of education.
Many of the graduates this year are going on to college and some received scholarships. Several of the students had been home schooled prior to attending the Gersh Academy.