The national ACT organization has named George Washington High School a semifinalist for its 2017 ACT College & Career Readiness Campaign National Exemplar award. The campaign recognizes organizational efforts to “advance college and career readiness for all.” George Washington High School is already a state exemplar in the campaign’s high school category. Other categories include high school seniors, postsecondary institutions and employers.
An ACT selection committee—comprised of ACT team members from different functional areas of the organization—chose the 16 semifinalists out of 130 state exemplars representing all four categories of the campaign.
ACT listed the following about George Washington High School:
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George Washington High School provides students with a wide variety of curriculum choices, including honors classes in all core and many elective classes, 18 AP classes, virtual classes at the high school and college level, internships, and pathway and CTE programs. George Washington developed a staff-led mentoring program for students to ensure every student has the academic and social-emotional support to develop a plan for success after high school. Students in ninth grade can participate in a STEM class which culminates in a group project and a visit to local businesses. George Washington promotes a fair and equitable environment, encouraging students to lead clubs and participate in activities—like International Day— where diverse cultures and customs are explored and celebrated.
“We’re very proud to be recognized as a State Exemplar in this ACT campaign,” said George Aulenbacher, principal at George Washington High School. “This type of honor is achieved only through the dedication of our entire staff, students and community.”
The campaign next will select four National Exemplars—one exemplar per category—to be recognized at an ACT event later this fall. National Exemplars are chosen by a National Selection Committee, comprised of education and workforce leaders from across the nation.
“No matter the results, George Washington High School should be commended for this incredible honor,” said Dr. Duerring, Kanawha County Schools superintendent. “Recognition like this comes from a daily dedication to the county’s mission of providing a world class education that ensures all students are college and career ready for the 21st century.”
The full release, including other state semifinalists is available here.
Learn more about the ACT College and Career Readiness Campaign.
ACT is a mission-driven, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people achieve education and workplace success. Headquartered in Iowa City, Iowa, ACT is trusted as a national leader in college and career readiness, providing high-quality assessments grounded in nearly 60 years of research. ACT offers a uniquely integrated set of solutions designed to provide personalized insights that help individuals succeed from elementary school through career.