Berkeley Springs High School seniors guided by new curriculum

November 21, 2006|by TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The new College Summit classes at Berkeley Springs High School are helping seniors plan for their future.

Candice Blanchard, a high school guidance counselor who heads up the program that began this year, told Morgan County Board of Education members last week that 80 percent of high school seniors are participating in the program.

College Summit classes help students focus on all of the elements for a successful transition to post-secondary education, such as career exploration and choosing a college that fits their needs, whether it is a two- or four-year program, and helps them seek financial aid, she said.

Linda McGraw, Morgan County Schools director of student services, said "Financial aid nights are held at the high school for parents to attend. We need to help educate parents of the options," she said.


"More and more want to go to college," Blanchard said. "Now we can help them get there and do well when they get there."

Donna Casto, College Summit high school coordinator, said, "We work with the students to match the college that fits their needs."

"It has become part of the water," Casto said. "All should go on to higher education."

"This is one of our goals," Morgan County Schools superintendent David Temple said.

Blanchard said 48.5 percent of Morgan County students enrolled in college in 2005, up from 46 percent in 2004.

Casto said no statistics are available regarding completion rates, but College Summit is working on tracking results.

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