A Glendale-based school that serves students with severe emotional and behavioral problems on Thursday bid farewell to its largest graduating class since its founding in 1976.
“Our students have worked so hard all these years and finally their day has come,” Tobinworld founder and director Judy Weber-Israel said. “I am very proud of all of you.”
The class of 2011 included four students upon whom were conferred high school diplomas from the school districts in their cities of residence. The graduating seniors were: Nirandon Bonnyindee, Cristian Ramos, Damion Smith and Shaddai Wade.
“These kids have a little bit more of a challenge,” said Tobinworld teacher April Medlin. “They have to struggle with personal issues and the curriculum as well. When they get to this level, they have worked twice as hard.”
An additional 19 students celebrated their culmination from Tobinworld — enrollees term out of the school at age 22. Most will proceed on to adult-appropriate programs where they will continue to master life skills.