I'm a student at Elliott Alternative High School. Most people think that Elliott is a bad school, that it's all bad kids that go there. Many of the kids that come here have done poorly but are now trying to turn things around and do better in school in order to have a better future.
People are always talking negatively about us, about what they hear, but it's not like that. Elliott students are very dedicated; we might have some bad kids, but every high school does. We have been given a second opportunity to do better in school, and most kids turn themselves around.
I didn't care much about my education. I did very badly all my years of school. At my regular school, my counselor said, "Joseph, you will not graduate with your class; you are behind too many credits. Even with you getting sent to Elliott, you will not graduate." I asked myself, why did I mess up in school?