Providence St. Mel School In Chicago Sends Every Student To College (VIDEO)

11/03/2011 12:31 pm ET | Updated Jan 03, 2012

At a time when high school graduation rates are falling and dropout rates are climbing, one school on the west side of Chicago is defying state and national numbers.

NBC's Mike Leonard revisited a school that he first reported on nearly 30 years ago: Providence St. Mel School, which prides itself on academic achievement and sends all of its graduates to college. The school continues to teach and tout its mission statement: "We believe."

Honor roll students are cheered like star athletes at a school pep rally, and the school's academic performance three decades after it was reformed still excels -- even as Illinois high school graduation rates have fallen under a new formula.

WATCH the report from NBC's TODAY Show below: