The Best Little School System in Virginia
10 Years of Continuous Improvement
Clarke County Public Schools are a great place for kids. We believe All Children Will Learn at High Levels of Achievement. While this is hard for many people to realize, all staff members at Clarke County Public Schools believe that this can be achieved. This is a belief system that translates into the following realities:
* Since 1995, 98% of all students are in college preparatory programs in elementary, middle, and high school.
* With the introduction of the International Baccalaureate program, 84% of all incoming 9th graders are participating in pre IB courses. Over 50% of the 11th and 12th grade students participate in the IB program.
* The Challenge Index, created by Jay Mathews of the Washington Post, ranks Clarke County , created by Jay Mathews of the Washington Post, ranks Clarke County Public Schools 4th out of 25 districts in the greater Washington area.
* Clarke County Public Schools are the only schools west of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia that offer the International Baccalaureate program. This is what makes Clarke County Schools competitive in The Challenge Index.
* The percentage of students taking the SATs has increased from 37% in 1990 to 68% in 2000. The mean score has increased to 1000 in 2000. The combined mean score for the top 10% (1234) beat the state and the nation.
* 2½ times more 8th grade students take Algebra I than the rest of the state of Virginia, on average.
* It is critical that students complete the first year of foreign language study prior to entering the 9th grade. In 2000, 78% of our 8th grade students are taking a second language. The Virginia state average in 1998 was 39%.
* In 1990, students had received almost $40,000 in grants and scholarships and in 2000, over $800,000.
* All elementary schools have open admission. Parents have a choice among schools and programs, traditional or multi-age.
* Specialized reading programs sponsored by the schools and community have doubled the number of students reading on grade level.
* Students take nursing, horticulture, computer technician training, carpentry, and business at the same time they prepare for college.
Clarke County Public Schools is a publicly funded organization
No. of Schools: 6
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