CHS making progress, its grad rate shows

CLEWISTON — Clewiston High continues to make progress as a school, earning the top high school grade in the Heartland region and the Lake O area for the 2017-18 school year.

“I am proud of the work and effort our staff and students put into what we are trying accomplish here,” CHS Principal Roberto Sanchez commented.

“When you see how much work and sacrifice goes into teaching and molding our scholars, it’s nice that we are indeed moving in the right direction,” stated Mr. Summers, the school’s assistant principal.

Last year, Clewiston High had a graduation rate above the state average. At 87.7 percent, it was the highest ever at CHS. Its biology, math and social studies students were also among the top in our region.

Beyond a strong performance in the core academic subjects, CHS continues to prepare scholars for both a career and college. With the addition of a Collegiate Academy and a brand new construction program, scholars now have the opportunity to learn additional skills trades and/or earn their Associate of Arts degree from Florida SouthWestern State College during their last two years of high school.

“The collegiate academy has made college real to our entire student body, as they are now able to see firsthand what it is like to take college classes,” said Jose Roquett, the school administrator in charge of the collegiate academy.

This year, CHS looks forward to building on the progress that has been made in recent years. Although the school was less than 2 percentage points from a B, Principal Sanchez says there is still much work left ahead to do.

“I’m not going to hang my hat on a high C,” Mr. Sanchez stated. “We will continue to focus on developing each individual scholar with the right discipline and the right mind-set and promoting an environment where we continue to make progress.”

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