Piedmont High ranks as one of the top schools in Alabama in graduation rate and college and career readiness.
Piedmont High School Principal Adam Clemons has a good problem on his hands. He is running out of room on the school’s display board of students who have scored 25 or over on the ACT.
“We have a ‘Making an Impact’ display board in our school’s hallway with all the pictures and names of our students who have scored 25 and above on the ACT, so they can be recognized for their hard work and accomplishments,” said Clemons of his 23 current students at or above a score of 25 on the ACT. “We are running out of room, so we probably need another board. I’ll gladly make that purchase every year.”
#ACTCulture is the high school’s social media hashtag for college and career readiness, and it’s a common message pushed to students about the importance of performing well to attain opportunities after high school. “The ACT is an important assessment that will give our kids opportunities beyond high school, and as educators, we need to instill that culture of all hands-on deck to prepare our students with the proper skills to seize those opportunities,” Clemons said.
Piedmont High, an Alabama rural school with 338 students amidst a population of 4,500, ranks as one of the top schools in the state in graduation rate (100%), college and career readiness (96%), and is above the state average for graduating class ACT average scores (18.1 vs. 18). What makes these accolades more impressive is 60% of Piedmont High’s students qualify for the National Free and Reduced Lunch Program, higher than the 45% Alabama state average. Economically disadvantaged students at Piedmont average 17.1 on the ACT; economically disadvantaged students across Alabama average 16.4. Proficiency levels are consistently higher than the state (54% vs. 47% proficiency for all students; 45% vs. 33% for economically disadvantaged).
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Piedmont High has a first-period ACT prep class required of its juniors, and ACT practice questions are incorporated into other class subjects throughout the day as bell ringers. ACT Boot Camps are administered a month before the Alabama state-mandated ACT Test in March, and professional development classes for teachers are held between school years and semesters.
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