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Albertson Foundation "GO ON" Challenge Schools Announced

Idaho schools commit to supporting student achievement
Idaho schools commit to supporting student achievement
The J.A. And Kathryn Albertson foundation

On September 15, 2010, the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation announced that 48 schools from 22 counties in Idaho have signed up for the one-year “Go On” Challenge, which is designed to measurably increase the number of Idaho students who go on to education or training beyond high school. These schools have the chance to earn $100,000 by fulfilling the requirements in the following categories:

  • Increase the number of students taking the ACT, PLAN, PSAT and SAT
  • Increase the number of students who register for advanced opportunities such as AP, Dual Credit and Tech Prep
  • Increase the number of students who register for upper-level classes, especially in math and science

Schools who participate in the “GO ON” campaign rather than in the “challenge” may earn up to $15,000 by demonstrating results in the following areas:

  • Taking practical steps to create a culture where post-secondary education is valued and expected.
  • Taking practical steps to increase awareness for staff, students and parents about the three key components for post-secondary success, including: students taking upper level math/science, or college admissions tests and pre-tests ( PLAN, ACT, SAT and PSAT), or enrolling in advanced opportunities (Tech Prep, Advanced Placement, Dual Credit).
  • Taking practical steps to promote student participation in any of the three key components for post-secondary success, which are: students taking upper level math/science, or college admissions tests and pre-tests (PLAN, ACT, SAT and PSAT), or enrolling in advanced opportunities (Tech Prep, Advanced Placement, Dual Credit).

There are now 55 participating “Go On” Schools statewide:

1. Aberdeen High School

2. Bishop Kelly High School

3. Blackfoot High School

4. Caldwell High School

5. Canyon Ridge High School

6. Canyon Springs High School

7. Carey Public School

8. Central Academy*

9. Centennial High School

10. Clark Fork Jr-Sr High School

11. Coeur D’alene High School

12. Declo High School*

13. Eagle Academy*

14. Eagle High School

15. Emmett High School

16. Filer High School

17. Frank Church High School

18. Gooding High School

19. Grace Schools

20. Hagerman Schools 21. Idaho Arts Charter

22. Idaho Distance Education Academy

23. Initial Point High School*

24. Inspire Academy

25. Kendrick Jr/Sr. High School*

26. Kimberly High School

27. Kootenai Jr/Sr. High School

28. Kuna High School

29. Lakeland Senior High School

30. Leadore School

31. Lewiston High School

32. Madison Sr. High School

33. Malad High School

34. Marsing High School

35. Meridian Academy (Alt)*

36. Meridian High School

37. Midvale School

38. Minico High School

39. Mountain View High School

40. Nampa High School

41. New Plymouth High School

42. North Fork School

43. North Star Charter

44. Notus Jr./Sr. High School

45. Potlatch High School

46. Rocky Mountain High School

47. Sandpoint High School

48. Skyview High School

49. Soda Springs High School

50. Sugar-Salem High School

51. Troy Jr/Sr. High School

52. Vallivue High School

53. West Side High School

54. Wilder High School

55. Xavier Charter School *

“We are incredibly proud of the schools that have signed up for the "Go On Challenge,” says Jamie MacMillan, executive director of the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation. “They have taken a huge step toward increasing their students’ success for an education beyond high school. Especially during tough economic times, ‘Go On’ schools should be commended for being creative and ambitious and for tackling this important issue head on. Students who don't continue their education beyond high school are not eligible for two out of three new jobs, and they stand to make half as much as students who do not go on to college or advanced training. We are allowing Idaho's students to underperform by accepting the attitude that it is OK to end their educations at high school."

Further information on the “GO ON” Challenge is available here

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