06/18/2011 12:10 pm ET | Updated Aug 18, 2011

KIPP King Student Recalls Tough Path To Graduation, College

Every day for four years, Norma DeLeon Zarate would remind her son Francisco this day was coming.

"For as long as I can remember, she was saying, 'You're almost there, you can do it,'" Francisco, 18, recalled the week before graduation, sitting at a desk in what was once his ninth grade history class.

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