• 66°
Hartselle Enquirer

College readiness grant boosts learning at HHS

The incentive for Hartselle High School students to enroll in Advanced Placement (AP) courses has never been higher, thanks to a $250,000, three-year A+ College Ready Grant.
The grant has already funded student testing and professional training for AP teachers. Next spring it will award  $100 to each student who makes a passing grade in a math, science or English AP course, providing at least 85 of the students in the program successfully complete the courses they’re taking. If they reach or exceed goal, their teachers will receive $500 each and the school will be awarded $5,000.  To qualify, students must pass an A+ College Ready test in their respective courses at the end of the school year.
“It may be that some students take just one AP course, and that’s fine,” HHS Principal Jeff Hyche said. “We’re thankful to have the grant because it is providing us training that we just couldn’t afford. At the same time it is encouraging us to identify talent, get talented students into AP courses, and watch them excel. I believe interest in the program is going to continue to soar.”
The school currently has 406 students – mostly juniors and seniors  – enrolled in AP classes. Of that number, 212 are taking math, science and English courses.  Pre-AP classes have 754 students enrolled.
Hyche said Alabama is doing better than most states in the number of high school graduates getting into college, but its college students aren’t graduating at the same rate as the rest of the nation.
In reference to a report compiled by the Southern Regional Education Board, he said in 2008, two-thirds of the state’s high school graduates enrolled in college within the next year but less than one-half who started college six years earlier graduated from a four-year institution.
The six-year graduation rate in Alabama was 48 percent in 2008, below the regional rate of 53 percent and the national rate of 55 percent, according to the report.
“The facts show that many high school graduates are not ready for college,” Hyche said. “We’re working hard here to address that. College readiness translates into work readiness in the 21st century.”
A report on ACT scores of Hartselle High’s 2010 seniors showed they averaged 23.0 or a point higher that the 22.0 their counterparts scored five years earlier. The state average was 20.4.

Editor's picks

Hartselle graduate creates product for amputees 

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Tigers roar in Athens soccer win

Danville

Local family raises Autism awareness through dirt racing  

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Three Hartselle students named National Merit finalists  

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Morgan chief deputy graduates from FBI National Academy

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Hartselle students collect food for good cause 

Falkville

Falkville to hold town-wide yard sale next month

At a Glance

Danville man dies after vehicle leaves Hudson Memorial Bridge 

Editor's picks

Clif Knight, former Hartselle mayor, Enquirer writer, dies at 88

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Hartselle Utilities reminds community April is safe digging month 

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Teen powerhouse invited to compete in international strongman event

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Azaleas: An Alabama beauty 

Decatur

Master Gardeners plant sale returns in April

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Morgan leaders honored at annual banquet

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Local students selected for 2024 Blackburn Institute Class

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Hartselle sophomore represents Civil Air Patrol in D.C.  

Editor's picks

Hartselle council hires architect for new fire station, library and event center

At a Glance

PowerGrid Services in Hartselle evacuated for bomb threat

Morgan County

20 under 40: Trey Chowning

Falkville

20 under 40: TJ Holmes

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

20 under 40: Spencer Bell

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

20 under 40: Shelby Keenum

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

20 under 40: Rachel Howard

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

20 under 40: Mary Virgina Halbrooks

x