At a low-income South Florida school with many Cuban immigrants and other minorities, school leaders focus on getting children through the state's basic skills test. But 16-year-old William Scott wants more, so he recruited six fellow students for a do-it-yourself SAT study class: "Dropping out is NOT an option," his recruitment flier read. "No complainers, whiners, or excuse makers allowed. We have a job to do, so let's just do it."

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