September 2, 2022


Downtown Doral

Students At Downtown Doral Charter Upper School Receive Academic Honors from The College Board

Achieving academic success has become a regular occurrence at Downtown Doral Charter Schools, and today came with another accolade to add to the list. The College Board, which was founded in 1899 to formalize the entrance examination process and expand access to higher education, each year awards academically competitive and underrepresented students with academic honors from their National Recognition Program. Students who achieve this honor are able to include it on their college applications and stand out in a unique way.

Seven students from Downtown Doral Charter Upper School are this year’s recipients of the National Hispanic Recognition Award: Anabella Feo, Desely Gaunna, Fabrizia Ferrer, Nicole Laborde, Nicole Hernandez, Omkhie Chan, Andres Perez and Santiago Omegna. Along with the Hispanic Recognition Award, several other categories receive recognition, including African American, Indigenous and Rural/Small Town students.

“We’re thrilled that our students have earned this recognition. We are very proud of them for their achievements in their classrooms and on College Board assessments,” said Ms. Ortiz, Principal at Downtown Doral Charter Upper School. “These programs help students from underrepresented backgrounds stand out to colleges and admissions.”

In order to be eligible for the award, students must maintain a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.5 and have excelled on the PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10, or achieved a 3 or higher on two or more Advanced Placement (AP) exams. Students must also be African-American or Black, Hispanic or Latinx, Indigenous, and/or attended school in a rural area or small town. Students are encouraged to apply for the award in their sophomore or junior year so, if selected, they can receive their award with time to include it on their college applications.

“We want to honor the hard work of these students through the College Board National Recognition Programs. This program creates a way for colleges and scholarship programs to connect directly with underrepresented students who they are hoping to reach,” said Tarlin Ray, College Board Senior Vice President of Big Future. “We hope the award winners and their families celebrate this prestigious honor. It helps them plan for their big future.”

Enrolling your child in a school that consistently demonstrates academic success among their students is the best possible way to set them up for success in the future. Downtown Doral Charter Schools’ multilingual approach to education, as well as their International Baccalaureate (IB) Program, and utilization of the STEAM method of learning all come together in a world-class education you would expect from an A-rated school by the State of Florida.

If you are interested in sending your child to Downtown Doral Charter Schools for a world-class, multi-lingual education, visit for more information on admission requirements.