After five years, Crosswalk charter school will reach a major milestone later this month, when they hold a graduation for the first time.

Among the 15 students graduating are some of the 60 students who first started with the school as middle school students in 2002.

"I believe almost the entire class is composed of original" students, teacher Jennifer Ruiz said Friday.

Today, the school serves a little fewer than 300 students from kindergarten through 12th grade, mostly from Hesperia, but with students from Victorville and Apple Valley also attending classes at their Jacaranda Avenue campus across from Victor Valley College.

Of the 15 graduates, five have already been accepted to college, Ruiz said.

This summer, Crosswalk faculty and students hope to celebrate another milestone, when they break ground on their new home adjacent to Mesa Grande Elementary School on 3rd Avenue, in a space once occupied by the Hesperia Unified School District administrative offices. Although Crosswalk will be adjacent to Mesa Grande, the charter school will not be using any of Mesa Grande's facilities.

The move will eventually allow Crosswalk to teach "up to 600 students," according to Ruiz.

Crosswalk High School will hold their graduation on May 24 at 5 p.m. at Spring Valley Lake Country Club. Founder and principal Chala Salisbury will be the keynote speaker.

For more information on the school, call 949-2327 or visit http://www.crosswalkcharterschool.com/

Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com.