Boston Globe Profiles Polly McCabe High School

The Miracle of Polly McCabe
 
The tiny New Haven school educates just one kind of student: pregnant teens. And it's giving would-be dropouts the tools they need to turn their academic lives around. In the age of mainstreaming, though, it's a wonder the place even exists.
 

 MOTHERS WELCOME One key to McCabe's success is that all its students, including this girl in the school's lunchroom, share the experience of being pregnant. MOTHERS WELCOME One key to McCabe's success is that all its students, including this girl in the school's lunchroom, share the experience of being pregnant. (Photograph by Gretchen Ertl)

By Jake Halpern February 27, 2011

 

Nancy is a quiet Mexican-American girl who lives in New Haven. She has shoulder-length black hair, sleepy brown eyes, and, for a time, wore a silver stud pierced just beneath her bottom lip. In late 2009, when Nancy was 14 years old, she discovered she was pregnant.
 
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