From Staff Reports
America’s high schools play a critical role in helping all students gain the skills and knowledge needed to succeed after graduation. Today, Sept. 23, several top performing Alabama public high schools, including Thomasville High School, have earned the College Success Award for 2022.
Now in its fifth year, the College Success Award highlights schools throughout the nation that are truly achieving in preparing all students for postsecondary and career success.
Sixty-six Alabama schools are among only 1,742 nationwide, to earn this year’s honor.
The GreatSchools.org College Success Award has allowed many communities to identify and celebrate their local schools that are doing well in ensuring every student is prepared for college, and greatly succeeding once they get there. On average, 86 percent of students from College Success Award-winning schools do not require remediation in college.
Since this national initiative was started, school principals, superintendents, and governors have shared the exciting news about the laudable achievements of their local public high schools and students.
The College Success Award also focuses on educational equity, recognizing schools that excel at preparing K-12 students from lower income households.
With an estimated 70 percent of all jobs by 2027 possibly requiring a postsecondary education, more experts now feel America’s students will need to not only graduate high school, but also be well-positioned to go on to postsecondary learning opportunities.
According to information from GreatSchools.org, nearly 77 percent of parents now find it essential for their children to go to college.