Three Jackson Purchase-area high schools were among 43 public high schools in Kentucky to receive the prestigious College Success Award from GreatSchools.orga national non-profit organization providing school information to parents and families.
Now in its fifth year, the annual recognition honors public high schools that excel in preparing students to enter and succeed in college, as determined by available data in each state.
Murray High School was named top of the list of high schools in Kentucky, with the school scoring its fourth award. According GreatSchools.orgMurray had an 85% college enrollment rate with 43% of his students listed as low-income.
McCracken County High School was ranked 24th on the list, marking its fourth consecutive award. It had 81% college enrollment and 40% of its students were listed as low-income.
Marshall County High School was ranked 28th on the list, winning its second award. It had a college enrollment rate of 69% with 42% of its students listed as low-income.
The Kentucky recipients are among 1,742 awardees from 25 states who have demonstrated a track record of successful graduate students who enroll in two- or four-year colleges, are ready for college-level coursework, and persist through their second year. Despite the many challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, these schools have continued to apply many best practices to support their students’ college readiness and success.
“We pride ourselves on ensuring that every student has the skills and experiences they need to succeed after high school,” said Jason E. Glass, commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Education, which participates in College Success. Award since its inception.
The state also places a heavy emphasis on vocational and technical education in its high school curriculum — data for which data was recently added to GreatSchools profiles for Kentucky high schools.
“The strength of Kentucky’s vocational and technical education programs demonstrates the state’s commitment to providing our students with dynamic and engaging learning experiences, which is one of the great ideas of United We Learn: our vision for the future of public education in the Commonwealth,” he said.
“We are proud of the example that our schools set for other public institutions in the country.
The College Success Award is possible because Kentucky leads the nation in collecting and transparently sharing information about student performance after high school, which is valuable information for families, educators, and policy makers. .
Kentucky is one of only eight states to be included in the College Success Award since its inception, thanks to its transparency around K-12 data.
“We commend Kentucky for prioritizing a high-quality public education that puts students on the path to a bright future,” said Jon Deane, CEO of GreatSchools.
“It’s inspiring to see how entire school communities—students, teachers, and families—can work together in pursuit of a common goal: success for all. Congratulations to these 43 schools for receiving the College Success Award as proof of their hard work and dedication.
Community members can join the celebration of Kentucky’s winning schools on social media using #CollegeSuccessAward. To learn more about the College Success Award and view the full list of winners, visit GreatSchools.org awards webpage.