It has been a stellar year in Mobile County Public Schools.
We have had many successes, including our 40 schools of innovation, which are making great strides in education by enacting unique ways to reach higher academic standards. We completed the process of having all 12 of our high schools engage students with Signature Academies with our final four schools coming on board in August.
Our digital literacy project – which has been implemented in several schools and is expanding to more – is providing students with access to a seemingly unlimited amount of online information that they are using to research projects and enhance their own learning.
We continue to receive state and national recognition. We have four new CLAS Banner Schools (Council and Robbins elementary schools and B.C. Rain and Davidson high schools). Newsweek gave seven of our high schools a bronze rating for being among the top in the country. Due to student success in Advanced Placement courses, Baker High is now one of only three high schools in Alabama to be designated as an AP Capstone school.
Our four-year, on-time graduation rate remains on the rise. It is now up to 82 percent as our students are meeting the challenges of the Alabama College and Career Ready Standards.
I am looking forward to future announcements about our graduation rate, about students earning career credentials, about business and industry partnerships and internships, and about student success in AP courses.
It’s also exciting to know we are adding to our 21st Century classrooms through an aggressive $100 million construction program. Besides building and renovating schools throughout the county, we are enhancing downtown Mobile with exterior renovations at the historic Barton Academy.
We have exciting plans for the upcoming school year. We will continue to develop new opportunities for our students to enroll in pre-kindergarten programs. We will emphasize STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education in grades kindergarten through 12. We will focus on literacy and math skills aligned with the College and Career Ready Standards as we graduate students to be successful.
Congratulations to all MCPSS students and employees on these and other accomplishments during the 2014-15 school year. Best wishes for a safe and enjoyable summer.