MasteryPrep instructor Latrisha Jackson has no problem waking up every Thursday to be at Episcopal School of Baton Rouge for a 7 a.m. class.
“Preparing Students for Lives of Purpose” is a mission at Episcopal, a PreK-3-12th grade private school in Baton Rouge. As a college preparatory school, Episcopal dedicates considerable resources to help students on their educational journey, including test taking. A College Counseling team, with three full-time counselors works with students beginning in the eighth grade – helping students find the right school for their career aspirations.
“We want to find the right fit for students based on their interests, goals, and achievements during high school,” said Justin Fenske, Episcopal’s Director of College Counseling. “A strong showing on the ACT or SAT can be one piece of that puzzle.”
Less Stress, More Learning
The partnership means less stress, more learning and eliminates the need for families to spend money and time on test prep outside of the school day. “We’re trying to respect that kids lead very busy lives; our program alleviates one of the biggest obstacles to college entrance exam test prep – time,” said Episcopal Assistant Director of College Counseling Dr. Alan Newton. “It also provides equity in that every parent is ensured his/her student has access to these resources.”
Students meet with a MasteryPrep instructor – Latrisha Jackson – once every seven school days during free periods. Students study SAT Mastery mixed with ACT Science. Sophomores have a full year of prep for the PSAT that they take in their junior year. Episcopal offers two MasteryPrep ACT Boot Camps a year to students.
That “a-ha” moment
The classroom Jackson teaches in is surrounded by banners celebrating the colleges that have accepted Episcopal students.
“I have never been into a classroom where students are more invested. They want to be there and want to achieve those higher scores to get into their dream colleges,” Jackson said. “A lot of these students are earning scholarships into prestigious colleges. That makes it all worth it. I’m impacting kids with information I wish I had had.”
In October, three Episcopal students scored a perfect 36 on the ACT. In September, Episcopal announced six National Merit Semifinalists and five Commended Scholars from the 2023 Class. The 2022 class had a 100% college acceptance; 10% National Merit Corporation recognized; 52 AP Scholars; and $10 million-plus in scholarship support earned.
One of Dr. Newton’s fondest success stories is an Epsicopal senior who improved his ACT score from 28 to 35.
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