During the 2015-2016 school year at St. John’s began our second year of our journey to keep our promise that we will provide our students with opportunities to fulfill their collective destinies as Scholars of the Island...Citizens of the World. Our goal is that every child will graduate from SJHS possessing the critical skills and knowledge necessary for college and career readiness and 21st century success. One of the great debates taking shape in education today is not only the degree to which college readiness and work readiness are similar, but also specific ways they are different.
The new reality is that our students need programs that integrate high academic challenge with the exploration of a range of career options and opportunities. Our teachers collaborate to integrate the norms that are needed for good citizenship such as integrity, self direction, perseverance and work ethic into the academic content of all courses, and the results are noteworthy. This year, we celebrated 86% of our students earning a certificate on the WorkKeys assessment as compared to 75% in 2014-2015. We also saw an increase in the level of certificates earned. In 2015, only 23% of our students earned Silver and Gold certificates, but this year, that number more than doubled with 55% of our students earning those distinctions.
Our burgeoning Advanced Placement and Dual Credit Academy has provided our scholars with the opportunity to accrue college credits in all academic areas. The research shows if students leave high school with college credits, they are more likely to continue their post-secondary studies. We are proud to be able to offer our students this opportunity in a collaborative, supportive environment. We had more students qualify for dual credit courses than ever before. We strive to support their academic needs by increasing our dual credit offerings from only 2 courses last year to 7 in 2016-17. We are also partnering with CSU to offer a new college credit opportunity, Teacher Cadet. In 2015-2016, 55 students took approximately 72 college level courses. For 2016-2017, we hope to have 70 students taking 168 college level courses. This represents a participation growth of over a 100% growth in our advanced academic courses. St. John's is preparing our students to be college and or career ready by offering them rigorous courses with the potential to earn college credits while still in high school.
A Culinary Arts program has been added to our 2016-2017 curricular offerings. Culinary Institute of Charleston and Kiawah Island Golf Resort are two of our many business partners who will support SJHS as we build a world-class culinary program. For the 2016-2017 school year, we will offer 5 Career and Technology Education programs with three focused on career academies. Our computer science curriculum has expanded to offer our first Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science course for 2016-2017. This one of a kind program in CCSD is led by Darwin Shorters, 2016 PLTW National Computer Science Teacher of the Year.
St. John’s will only be successful in proportion to the degree to which we prepare our students to continue to learn beyond high school; therefore, we hope that our increased opportunities, programs, and courses will ensure that all of our students will graduate with college and career readiness skills. Thank you for all of your support in helping in the development of our future South Carolina graduates and world leaders!
Andre M. Dukes, Principal
Yvonne Darby, School Improvement Chair
Darwin Shorters, Leadership Team Chair