Fifty-four percent of seniors at Bourbon High School are utilizing the A+ program this year according to Deanna Cunningham. Cunningham made a presentation to the school board on Thursday.
The A+ program was created in 1993 and helps students attend community college or a vocational/technical school of their choosing.
To receive A+ funding, students must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher, a 95 percent attendance rate, perform 50 hours of unpaid tutoring or mentoring and demonstrate good citizenship.
Students graduating in 2015 have to achieve either a proficient or advanced on the Algebra I end of course exam.
Twenty-six of 75 graduates in 2012 are using the A+ scholarship this year.
Cunningham described the current number of seniors as being “pretty great.” Sixty percent of the junior class is in the program, but the number drops hard in the sophomore class, down to just 24 percent.
Cunningham said it could be a result of the Algebra I requirement.
Students are allowed to re-take the exam if they do not pass it. Cunningham said the school is doing what it can to help prepare students for the exam, including Algebra I review nights.
She said they are currently averaging about 9-10 students for the session with participating varying based on other activities students are involved in.
A weeklong review will be held in April.
Cunningham provided a comparison of Bourbon’s participation in the A+ program to other area schools. She found that Bourbon is “on par” with Sullivan and “fairly close with Cuba as well.”
Steelville and Owensville are doing “remarkably well” and Cunningham said she would like to see what they are doing right.