For the second summer, juniors and seniors at Mammoth Spring High School have been offered the opportunity to take a 20-day American College Test (ACT) course at the school.
The course is being taught by Mark Taylor and Rose Estes. "Last year we had eight students participate in the course, this year we have 14 juniors and seniors," Taylor said.
Taylor said the class is mostly test preparation and time management. He teaches the math portion of the course and Estes teaches English. Science and reading are shared by the teachers.
"We want our students that graduate from Mammoth Spring High School to be ready for college. If they don't score above a 19 on the ACT test that means when they enter college they will have to take some remediation classes that they will not get credit for," he said.
Taylor said after the 20--day course, students will be given the opportunity to take the ACT test free.
This year's students have not taken the test yet. "All eight students that took the ACT course last year scored above 19 and we had two students that scored 26 or 27," he said.
Mammoth Spring High School Principal Brian Davis said he was glad the school could offer the ACT course at the school. "I'm proud of these students who decided to take the course. They are taking time out of their summer break, four hours a day, for 20 days, to be here and try to better themselves," he said.
The state funds 40 percent of the program and the last two years the school has budgeted for paying for the rest of the program.