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April 30, 2014

Carter offers early graduation option

Informational sessions Tuesday and May 8

GRAYSON — Carter County high school students will soon have the chance to get a one-year head start on their college careers.

Starting this fall, the school district will offer students at East and West Carter high schools an early graduation option, assessment coordinator Judy Dotson said.

Students who choose the option and meet academic criteria will be able to graduate in three years or less, Dotson said.

The option is for highly motivated students who can meet proficiency benchmarks in state end-of-course assessments and meet Council on Post-Secondary Education college readiness benchmarks.

The end-of-course assessments include U.S. history, Algebra 2, biology and English 2.

Each student will be monitored by a committee that will regularly assess progress to ensure they remain on track, Dotson said.

Those who qualify for early graduation will still be eligible to receive KEES scholarship for all four high-school years. They also will receive a scholarship from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority.

The scholarship will be the equivalent of one year’s average daily attendance amount — the amount of per-pupil aid the state provides — which comes to about $1,900, Dotson said.

School officials will meet with sophomores and their parents soon to find out if any are interested in the option. The option also will be open to freshmen.

This year’s sophomores will be asked to complete a letter of intent by May 15.

Meetings also will be scheduled for middle school students and their parents because eighth-graders should already be thinking about college plans, Dotson said.

The option isn’t for everybody, Dotson said. Families need to be financially prepared for college and by the time they graduate students need to be mature enough to do the more independent and rigorous work in college classes, and have the social maturity to cope with life among older college students.

Interested students and their parents may attend one of two informational meetings. One is at 6 p.m. Tuesday at East Carter and the other is at 6 p.m. May 8 at West Carter.

MIKE JAMES can be reached at mjames@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2652.

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