It was evident when I would ask my 13-year-old, "Young man, where do you see yourself in five years?"
And his response: "I don't know if I'm gonna live that long."
Or to have a young woman say to me that she had a lifelong goal of working in a fast-food restaurant.
To me, this was unacceptable.
It was also evident that they had no idea that there was a landscape of opportunity that existed beyond their neighborhood.
We call our students "scholars," because they're lifelong learners.
And the skills that they learn today will prepare them for college and career readiness.
I chose the royal colors of purple and black, because I want them to be reminded that they are descendants of greatness,
and that through education, they are future engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs and even leaders who can and will take over this world.
To date, we have had three graduating classes, at a 98 -- At a 98-percent graduation rate.
This is nearly 200 children, who are now going to some of the most competitive high schools in New York City.