continued “The programs offered meet New York State requirements and are extraordinary in our ability to meet student needs to be career and college ready,” Brannock said. “Each year, in March, our guidance counselor organizes a curriculum fair. Teachers provide displays and valuable information regarding program offerings for elective courses in all subjects. Students complete course requests based on their interests. These requests drive our scheduling process. We do our best to offer those courses students want to take most.
“A bit of history substantiates the fact that Crown Point Central School is doing a fantastic job helping students and their families begin the college readiness phase,” she added. “In fact, Crown Point goes well beyond the college preparatory stage and provides opportunities for students to complete both their high school requirements and the equivalent of their freshman year of college credits.”
Crown Point participates with North Country Community College and Paul Smith’s College to offer classes that simultaneously garner high school and college credit, Brannock noted. The classes are taught at Crown Point by Crown Point teachers with the approval of NCCC and Paul Smith’s.
“In the 2007–08 school year our junior and senior students were able to obtain a total of 274 college credits (each course generally worth 3 credits),” Brannock said. “Last year, our students enrolled in and earned 432 credits with the seniors taking 231 of them. This year Crown Point offers 12 courses. If every student pays the $50 course fee to the college they will earn 542 college credits.
The NCCC and Paul Smith’s classes include English composition I and II, creative writing, Adirondack history, psychology, American history I and II, integrated algebra, statistics, financial accounting, and introduction to nutrition.
“This group will leave Crown Point Central School with approximately 500 college credits, averaging 30 credits per student enrolled or the equivalent of 80 percent of them leaving high school with one year of college under their belts that cost their families around $500 total,” Brannock said.
And Crown Point is providing other academic opportunities, the superintendent said. This year six Crown Point students are taking physics at Ticonderoga High School through an arrangement between the two school districts. Crown Point has also added a forsenics course for its students.