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Castlemont Business and Information Technology School in East Oakland has a drop-out rate of 1 in 2 students, but they are trying to improve students' options and outcomes by promoting and teaching resilience skills.
By Beatrice Motamedi
Oakland Tribune correspondent
It's third period at Castlemont Business and Information Technology School in East Oakland. A visitor begins a discussion about poverty, bad food and crime. Tough times? Tough streets? These high school students aren't stressing.
In this class, the vibe is to thrive: At a school where the dropout rate is one in two, most are ready to graduate. Gary Williams Jr., senior class president, has an athletic scholarship to the University of San Francisco.
"Trying to get good grades, play basketball and get ready for college can be really stressful," he says. "I handle my stress by working out or going to play basketball."