St. Charles Parish Public Schools ranks in the top 10 highest performing school systems in the state when it comes to students attending four-year universities.
Some 66 percent of graduates in the parish attended a university or college in fall of 2017, according to latest available figures from the Louisiana Department of Education for 2016-17. Statewide, the figure was 58 percent.
Supporting a college-going culture and providing opportunities to complete applications for federal financial aid prior to graduation were among the factors in the achievement, according to Alice Cryer-Sumler, curriculum specialist – Graduation Advocate, and Matt Spitz, supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction.
They also say providing opportunities for students to receive extra support during and after school, as well as assisting students with understanding the lifetime advantages to pursuing post-secondary opportunities encouraged the higher four-year school rate.
They identified the path to college as providing support and opportunities for students with Advanced Placement courses, College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Dual enrollment, TOPS and JumpStart.
To get to college, they still deal with financial support, family hardships and qualifying ACT scores.
The school system also ranked near the state average on number of students who enrolled in a two-year college, technical school or community college.
Some 27 percent of students went to these institutions compared to the state average of 29 percent..