I would like to take a moment and welcome you to Discover High School for the 2017-18 school year. We have much to celebrate and acknowledge from our previous school year. Our 51 seniors, Class of 2017, were offered over 7 million dollars in grants and scholarships. Senior Carmen Duran was offered a Park Scholarship with NC State University, and Jacob Albert and Grace Little successfully completed courses online with the North Carolina School of Science and Math. Discovery was also again nationally ranked by the US News and World Report and by the Washington Post as one of our state and nation’s Best and Most Challenging High Schools. Discovery is truly a unique place to be, and this coming year should be no different.
Parents and students, we have three major focal points for the coming school year. First of all, we want to focus intently on college-readiness and our students’ performance on AP exams. Teachers have been attending AP Institutes and training all summer in order to better our AP instruction. We will also be focusing as well this year on continued improvement and getting more of our students to earn college credit through the AP program.
Our second focus this year will be the ACT. Last year, our ACT scores were at an all-time high, but we want to do much better than that. The ACT is an important determinant of college readiness and opportunities for our students. We want to make sure our students do as well as they can on the ACT and have every opportunity to attend a college or university, as well as earn scholarships.
Finally, our third focus is going to be on bettering our communication with our parents. We are going to make communicating the progress of our students a priority this year with frequent progress reports and access to the parent app in PowerSchool, our student data program.
Each year does offer the promise of a new beginning. We welcome you to Discovery High School.