Advanced Placement Program Continues to Shine
The October meeting of the Scott County Board of Education featured the Advanced Placement Program at Scott County High School. Principal Frank Howatt, along with Advanced Placement teachers and students, shared exciting news. AP enrollment at SCHS exceeds 1000, up more than 700 since 2004. Students now benefit from 21 Advanced Placement programs.
"The choice our students have is tremendous," commented Director of Secondary Schools Chip Southworth.
Scott County High School makes advanced coursework readily available to all students. Teachers throughout the district can increase rigor in the classroom as part of the Laying the Foundation training designed to prepare students for future Advanced Placement classes as early as sixth grade. Teachers at SCHS consider AP classes the capstone for curriculum in place at all schools throughout the district.
There is exists a positive correlation between AP enrollment and ACT scores for juniors in Scott County, with both continuing to climb steadily. In 2008 the composite score for juniors taking the ACT was 19.2. This increased to 20.2 in 2012, well exceeding the state average. Advanced Placement classes prepare students for college and career.
The Scott County Board of Education and Superintendent Patricia Putty also recognized student Sara Jones during the regular Student Spotlight. Jones was a two-time silver medalist in the recent Kentucky Equestrain Special Olympics.
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