South Floyd sets new college, career readiness record

Aaron K. Nelson anelson@civitasmedia.com

April 29, 2014

HI HAT — Principal Joe Marson of South Floyd High School was proud to tell the Board of Education about his school’s skyrocketing numbers of college and career ready seniors at their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday evening.

At the start of this school year, roughly 17 percent of incoming seniors were appraised as college and/or career ready. Thanks to innovative programs, including a confidential board that allows students to track the areas in which they need to continue improving, that figure had climbed to 64 percent when SFHS submitted its numbers to the Board of Education on April 11.

At the time of the meeting on Monday, however, it had reached 87.4 percent, and Marson approximates that by graduation, over 90% of his students will leave the school college or career ready.

In comparison, in 2012, only about 20 percent of seniors graduated from SFHS college and/or career ready. The program was new, Marson said, and required a new paradigm of focus and a period of adjustment. In 2013, that number more than doubled, to 46 percent. It now seems SFHS is on track to nearly double it again.

Students present at the meeting were given honor cords to represent their achievement when they walk through graduation proceedings later this year.