2013 JCPS graduates earn more than $132 million in scholarships | News
From Jefferson County Public Schools
LOUISVILLE, KY - The vision of the Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) District is that all students graduate prepared to reach their full potential and contribute to our society throughout life. Recently accumulated data is showing that we are moving closer to that goal.
Counselors at JCPS high schools are reporting that students from Class of 2013 have earned more the $132 million in scholarship money. A student survey has found that more than 90% of seniors planned to attend a two- or four-year institution, vocational or trade school, or enlist in the military after graduation. Last year, JCPS increased its graduation rate and its college and career readiness. It’s expected that both will increase with the class of 2013.
The Class of 2013 boasts 87 Governer’s Scholars, 42 National Merit Semifinalists and 40 National Merit Finalists.
“We are so proud of the Class of 2013 for their goal-oriented work and dedication to achievement,” said Dr. Donna Hargens, JCPS Superintendent. “We believe that the strategies we’ve implemented from the Strategic Plan: Vision 2015 are helping more students reach their full potential.”
The District’s Strategic Plan: Vision 2015 contains four focus areas. Area 2 is Graduation and Beyond, which contains six strategies designed to bring the district closer to its vision. District staff and counselors have worked together to successfully implement strategy 2.3, which calls for the utilizations of advisory structures to increase the number of students pursuing and enrolling in extension and postsecondary experiences.
JCPS partnership initiatives like Close the Deal and Early College are designed to get students who do not come from households with a college-going culture thinking more about post-secondary education. Schools have also increased efforts in college awareness through a variety of activities during College Awareness Month in November.
JCPS has also worked in close partnership with the 55,000 Degrees, a public-private partnership designed to launch Louisville into the top tier of our competitor cities with the bold goal of adding 40,000 bachelor’s degrees and 15,000 associate’s degrees by 2020.
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