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Extra Credit: City University

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - City University School of Liberal Arts is a charter school of which many people are probably unaware. It's only been around for 5 years, but it's fast making a name for itself with a 100 percent college acceptance rate for it's graduates.

Tierra Nicole Taylor is a 2009 graduate preparing to head off to college, and she can't help but think back to how her life may have turned out if not for City University.

"I believe if I had attended another high school I may have been lost in the crowd, so to say, and I would not have been pushed as much to do as much as I've done," Taylor said.

And she's done a lot, from receiving great grades to becoming student body president, as well as performing hundreds of hours of volunteer work in the community.

City University students are required to have at least 120 hours of community service, but Taylor said came to love the volunteer work and the good she was able to accomplish, adding that it made her a better student and person.

City University was chartered by Memphis City Schools, and founded as a scholarship program to help inner city students prepare and acquire monies for colleges and universities. The tuition-free school enrolls 350 students in grades 9 through 12. Taylor says that small campus atmosphere helped her to thrive.

"It's important for the students to be able to feel like they're part of the school, instead of just some random person that goes to the school," she said.

Taylor accumulated $1.6 million in college scholarships, which she'll use to attend Ithaca College in New York this fall, majoring in in International Business.

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