Johnathon Carrington graduated Friday as the valedictorian of his neighborhood school, Dunbar High, and is headed to Georgetown University. But Carrington, 17, is nervous, and so are his parents. What if Dunbar — where truancy is chronic and less than one-third of the students are proficient in reading — didn’t prepare him for the rigors of college? What if he isn’t ready?
June 12, 2013 Johnathon Carrington stands for a portrait at Dunbar High School, where he recently graduated as the valedictorian of his class. He is headed to Georgetown University, but he’s concerned that his high school education might have not prepared him well enough for college. “I don’t think I’m going to fail everything,” Carrington said. “But I think I’m going to be a bit behind.” Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post Buy Photo