John Herbert Phillips Academy (JHPA) stands for excellence, creativity, innovative, and forward leaning initiatives to challenge our scholars. One of our initiatives for the 2019-2020 school year is to offer an ACT Prep class for students in grades 7 & 8 who scored Above Average (highest level) in Reading and Math on the 2018-2019 Scantron standardized test. The students will sit for the exam in December of 2019 and April of 2020. This initiative is in line with the superintendent's Strategic Goals in student success: Increase percentage of students meeting ACT with writing benchmarks in reading and math from 8% to 20%.
JHPA is a specialty school in our Middle Year Program (MYP) and Primary Year Programs (PYP), with some percentage of our scholars in the Primary Year Program zoned to the school. Overall, approximately 18% of our total scholars are in the Gifted program. At the end of the 2019 school year, 27% of our overall MYP scholars were in the Gifted program. Our 6th and 7th grade students comprised of 28% of gifted students. These numbers represent instructional pedagogical considerations to accomplish the superintendent's "Force for Greatness 2018-2023" goal of students performing at or above grade level and most importantly college and career ready students.
Offering a Free ACT Prep course for our scholars will ensure that they will likely perform well and score high on the test in preparation for college applications in the next 3-4 years. The practice they receive now will alleviate anxiety and stress associated with preparations and taking the actual test, enabling them to perform well and potentially receive higher scores for college admissions and scholarship opportunities.
The goal of this initiative involves engaging our scholars with college admissions experts and college tours to Harvard, Georgetown, or Yale during the 2019-2020 school year.
Our world class dedicated and qualified staff will conduct the prep classes 2-3 times per week. JHPA will provide all materials and test prep study guides for our scholars. Our goal is to give them all the exposure and tools necessary to succeed on the actual ACT test.