South Warren High School Earns Its Second School of Distinction Award

By: Melissa Warren Email
By: Melissa Warren Email

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- South Warren High School's principal was able to deliver some good news Friday about this year's Unbridled Learning scores.

"What they have been working hard for and toward has paid off because we are for the second year a School of Distinction," said South Warren High School Principal Jenny Hester.

They were one of only ten high schools in the state to receive that award, ranking in the 97th percentile.

"That means there are only three percent of other schools in the state, that scored as well as or better than we did at South Warren High School," said Hester.

The score is made up of five components, each worth 20 percent of the score, and one of them is graduation rate, which currently puts a new school like South Warren in a unique position.

"Greenwood High School and South Warren High School are using the Warren County district graduation rate. That's one area I look forward to seeing us improve in because South Warren for the last three years, has had a very high graduation rate," said Hester.

Hester says another factor that may have improved scores was the adoption of a new schedule.

"From a six period day to a four by four block schedule, which is where students have four classes in the fall and then four different classes in the spring," said Hester.

What they call their SWORD class also gives them 30 minutes, four times a week, to enrich a subject they excel at or intervene in an area they struggle with, making them even more college and career ready.

"We are preparing all students to be successful in life, and not just looking at success being that you are college ready," said Hester.

Senate Bill 1 established this new system of accountability, and Hester says that has made it easier to prepare her students for the next chapter of their lives.

You can view the complete list of scores for all Kentucky schools, by clicking on the link below.

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