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Charter School Alum on Track to Graduate College Early Thanks to High School Credits

This month, beginning with National Charter Schools Week, we will feature stories from charter school graduates from across the country. Check back every day to see a new student feature in our 30 Days of Grad series.

My name is Lexes Rubio, and I started going to Christel House Academy (CHA), a charter school in Indianapolis, when it first opened in 2002 - fifteen years ago. I began as a 1st grader and was part of the first-ever graduating class in 2014. What stood out to me about Christel House is how tight-knit the school community is. Classes are small, which was great for me because I could ask countless questions. Teachers knew my name and my story, so not only were they there to support my school work, but I could confide in them about my personal life, too. Even when I return to visit now, teachers and counselors always greet me and take time to catch up with me.

Christel House really prepared me for college. In high school, I was able to graduate with honors and arrived at college with 20 college credits. At the University of Indianapolis, I am an Accounting major on the CPA/Certified Public Accountant track which requires 150 credits to graduate. Students usually must do a 5th year or go to the fast-track MBA program, but because I came in with college credits, I’ll be able to complete my degree within 4 years. 

All through college, the CHA College & Careers Administrator has stayed in touch and I love that CHA is big on keeping connected to their alumni. In the summer after my freshman year, Christel House recommended me for a 6-week internship with International Cruise & Excursions. I am so glad that I could do something out of my comfort zone as it has helped me grow. I was able to be a Marketing intern, meet friends from Mexico, and explore Arizona.

In January 2016, I participated in the University of Indianapolis Fellowship Program that included six hours of interview training and assistance in finding an internship. I was connected with Indy Eleven, the Indianapolis professional soccer team, and started working in June 2016 as an Accounting intern. I've gained skills that I thought I never would – not only in the office, but also in the box office on game days. Aside from work and classes, I am also very active on campus. I am the secretary for the Accounting Club and the Vice President for the Student Organization of Latinos.

Christel House has been a supportive foundation for me. The opportunities CHA has offers have been stepping stones in preparing me as the individual I needed to be for college and for life. As I prepare to start my senior year in the fall of 2017, I have many goals in mind. I hope to be able to gain more experience through more internships and have more focus on public accounting. I look forward to graduating next May and become a Certified Public Accountant. And I have Christel House and the team of caring people there to thank.

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