MYRTLE -- Couch School A+ Coordinator Lacy Sorrell reports the A+ program at the school is off and running and doing great.
"The A+ program is a school-improvement initiative established by the Outstanding School Act of 1993," she said. The program is raising academic standards, opening new doors to higher education and introduces students to the teaching profession through tutoring and mentoring activities.
Sorrell said an A+ sign-in was held at the school recently with eight new students signing the A+ agreement. "We now have 99 students enrolled in the A+ program at our school -- 17 seniors, 26 juniors, 33 sophomores and 23 freshman," Sorrel said.
She said this is 68 percent of the students at the school in grades 9-12.
The next A+ meeting at Couch School is Nov. 5 at 6:30 p.m. Sorrell said at this meeting the partnership plan will be updated and job shadowing opportunities will be looked at.
After the advisory/partnership program there will be a senior parent night. "This meeting is being held to allow parents to gain more information about the A+ program and benefits of the program. During this meeting important information will be distributed to A+ parents and seniors. This information will be critical to the eligibility of an A+ senior," she said.
Sorrell said the program has been a success at the school and has reduced the drop out rate as well as raised academic expectations. "The program has provided better career pathways for all students and allowed the students to work more closely with business and higher education leaders," Sorrell said.
The primary goal of the program is to assure that all students are well prepared to pursue advanced education and employment.
She said last year Couch School graduated 19, A+ seniors.
Students who graduate from an A+ designated school may qualify for state-paid assistance to attend any public community college or career technical school in the state for two years.
Sorrell said students must meet the following requirements to be eligible for the tuition reimbursements. They are:
* Enter into a written agreement with the school prior to graduation.
* Attend a designated A+ school for three consecutive years prior to graduation.
* Graduate from high school with an overall grade point average of 2.5 points or higher on a 4-point scale, which is a C average.
* Have at least 95 percent attendance record overall for grades 9-12.
* Maintain a record of good citizenship and avoidance of the unlawful use of alcohol or drugs.