Brian Harris: D-200 works to prepare students for the future
Imagine 100 U.S. ninth-graders sitting in a classroom.
Of those 100, 69 will graduate high school; 42 will enter college; 28 will return to college as a sophomore; 20 will earn a bachelor’s degree. Community Unit School District 200 works daily to prepare our students to surpass those national norms and to be ready for college or a career.
Through the hard work of administration, counselors, teachers and support staff, District 200 was awarded the College Board’s Annual AP Honor Roll Certificate for the second consecutive year. The AP Honor Roll Certificate was awarded to only 539 school districts across the country and was awarded to only 22 districts in Illinois. To achieve an AP Honor Roll distinction, District 200 submitted AP examination data for three years, increased our participation of AP classes by at least 4 percent, achieved a steady percentage increase of exams taken by minority students and has maintained or improved AP scoring of a 3 or higher in 2012 compared to 2010.
Faith Dahlquist, assistant superintendent for educational services, believes that the award reaffirms the hard work of students and staff.
“This is great recognition for our district’s efforts in not only providing successful student support in pursuing college credit but at the same greatly expanding the number of students taking these advanced placement courses. The award is evidence that we are making strides in our pursuit to have all students be college and/or career ready by graduation,” said Dahlquist.
Wheaton Warrenville South High School Principal Dave Claypool shares the sentiment. He said he is incredibly “satisfied that the number of students taking AP courses continues to grow, exposing an increasing number to a highly rigorous curriculum.”
Last month, the district also received the SchoolSearch 2012 Bright A+ Award for academic excellence in education. CUSD 200 was only one of 59 districts in the state (out of 868) to be honored with the award. SchoolSearch awards school districts that are academically among the top 5 percent of Illinois school districts based on objective factors including the 2011 Illinois School Report Card Data.
Brian Harris is the superintendent of Community Unit School District 200
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