By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon
Carl Albert High School has been recognized as of the top schools in the state.
For the fourth year in a row, Carl Albert received the College Success Award from GreatSchool.org for excelling at preparing students to enroll and succeed in college.
The Oklahoma State Department of Education last week announced 90 Oklahoma high schools have received the honor.
Carl Albert reported a 57% college enrollment rate compared to the state’s average of 39%.
Oklahoma’s recipients are among 1,742 winners nationally that have demonstrated successful track records of graduating students who enroll in two- or four-year colleges, are ready for college-level coursework and persist on to their second year.
“These schools are doing the important work of preparing students who choose to attend college for rigorous post-secondary pursuits,” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister said. “This is an important component to building a strong economy for the future.”
GreatSchools CEO Jon Deane applauded the Oklahoma schools on the achievement.
“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 90 schools for receiving the College Success Award as proof of their hard work and dedication.”
Head principal Kristin Goggans said that preparing students for college and careers is a top priority for teachers and staff.
“We believe in our kids and fully understand they are the future of our country,” said Goggans. “Not only is it our job to prepare them for the rigor of the collegiate experience, it’s also our responsibility. We have the best teachers, administration, and counselors in this state — along with our student’s willingness to be prepared, they make an award like this possible.”
Goggans said she appreciates the recognition and is thankful to work with a dedicated team of educators.
“For this program to have started five years ago, and we be honored four years in a row, it shows the dedication to the students this staff possesses,” Goggans said. “Even during a national pandemic, everybody involved has stepped up to the challenges and decided to be great anyways. I couldn’t be prouder and more excited for the kids graduating yearly from Carl Albert High School. They give us all hope for the future of this great nation”
For more information about the College Success Award and view the complete list of winners, visit www.greatschools.org