Help Inner City Youth Visit and Apply for College

Jun 17, 2014

Our First Graduation

Christel House Academy - 2014 Graduates
Christel House Academy - 2014 Graduates

On June 7th, we celebrated our first graduating class at Christel House Academy – Watanabe High School. More than 40% of these graduates received an “Honors Diploma,” compared to only 16% of students from similar socio-economic conditions throughout Indiana. We are also proud to share with you that over 90% of our seniors at Christel House Academy – Watanabe High School hold a college admission letter to:

Anderson University | The Art Institute of Indianapolis | Franklin College | Indiana State University | Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis | Indiana Wesleyan University | Ivy Tech Community College | Marian University | University of Indianapolis | Vincennes University

Many of our graduates were the first in their family to graduate from high school and most will be the first to attend college. We are so excited for our students to have achieved such success. They worked hard to overcome many obstacles. These young adults demonstrate the life–changing impact of the Christel House program. In spite of the difficult environments from which they come, they are well on their way to becoming productive, contributing members of society. We are grateful to Christel House donors for their support and belief in our mission. You have helped put our students on a trajectory to achieve success.


Mar 20, 2014

Off to College

CHAS Students
CHAS Students

Thank you for your support of ‘Help Inner City Youth Visit and Apply for College.’ Because of your generosity, a group of six 11th grade students from Christel House Academy South (CHAS) had the opportunity to ‘head off to college’ and visit universities in Chicago, IL.

On March 16th, CHAS students and a CHAS teacher set out on a MegaBus from Indianapolis to Chicago to visit Roosevelt University and Loyola University for the weekend. The teacher who took them said the schools rolled out the red carpet for our students. Many inner-city students attending CHAS rarely travel outside their immediate areas, so the thought of attending school away from home is often very daunting. This trip not only enabled our students to move outside of their comfort zones and explore a new city, the students all walked away with a much better understanding of how they might manage going away for school.

Christel House Academy South is a public charter school on the near south side of Indianapolis serving a student body of 600+ inner-city, at-risk youth in grades K-12. More than 90% of these students qualify for free or reduced lunch. These students come from families facing great challenges including: unemployment, underemployment, substance abuse, incarceration, absence of parents, and lack of positive adult role models.

Your generosity is helping CHAS students realize their dreams for the future. On June 7th, Christel House Academy South will hold its first graduation. Most of our seniors will be the first in their family to graduate from high school and for the majority of their families’, college has not even been a consideration. 88% of our soon-to-be graduates have already received college acceptance letters. With your support, future CHAS graduates will be prepared for the steps ahead. Thank you for impacting lives.


Dec 20, 2013

Because of you...

CH Academy Student (however; this is not Veronica)
CH Academy Student (however; this is not Veronica)


Inner-city, at-risk youth have the opportunity to visit universities, apply for school and dream big. 

Veronica has been a student at Christel House since 3rd grade. She is now part of the first graduating class at Christel House Academy South in Indianapolis. Because of supporters like you, she was able to visit and submit applications to five universities in Indiana. Her plan is to attend the University of Indianapolis in the fall.

Your support is making a difference. Thank you for helping in this transformative work. Christel House Founder, Christel DeHaan and Christel House students wanted to share their appreciation. Click here to watch the video:

We hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday season. Thank you for considering Christel House in your year-end giving.


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Bobbi Bosch

Indianapolis, IN United States

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