Although the high school drop-out rate among Hispanics has fallen to a new low in 2016, it remained at 10 percent, the highest of all racial and ethnic groups in the U.S.—the overall drop-out rate in the U.S. stood at 6 percent. Schools like El Colegio offer students who had previously been disengaged and faced challenges in traditional learning settings an alternative. Adopting an interdisciplinary arts-integrated, hands-on approach to teaching and learning, El Colegio opened its doors to 65 students in 2000 and has since grown to a diverse group of 100 students and 15 fully bilingual staff. The school is recognized locally and nationally as an innovative force in improving achievement for Latino students and other students of color, many who are first generation high school graduates.