Alcovy to host college readiness program for students, parents

COVINGTON -- High school students and their parents will have a unique opportunity to hear directly from college professors about what they can expect in college-level courses.

Alcovy High School's Tools for College Success class will host a college studies panel from 1 to 3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 6, in the school's media center.

"I've been teaching this particular class for three years, and every year you get more and more ideas, and I have realized that we need to make a specific connection between high school and college," said Kelly Musgrove, who leads the Tools for College Success class at Alcovy. "A lot of students don't understand what is expected of them when they leave the high school setting and go to a college setting, and I need them to hear directly from professors."

Professors from core areas of study -- science, history, math and English -- from Troy State University, Georgia Perimeter College, Georgia Piedmont Technical College and Oxford College -- will be on hand to participate in the forum. They will discuss teaching styles, student expectations, academic rigor, and exams and assessments, Musgrove said.

"By focusing on these core subjects and hearing directly from professors in the given fields, students will learn about the expectations of college professors and be able to prepare for their futures as college students," Musgrove said.

She said the forum will be a question-and-answer format and is open to students, parents and community and education leaders.

State Rep. Steve Davis, R-McDonough, is also slated to be on hand to discuss House Bill 186, which establishes career pathways options for high school students.

The Tools for College Success class is an intensive preparation to help students prepare for college and their careers. Musgrove said the second semester focuses heavily on career preparation, and she frequently invites members of the community to speak to students. For example, she said, Superior Court Judge Horace Johnson and Coroner Tommy Davis will visit the class in the coming months.

"We want to reach as many students as we possibly can because a lot don't see a connection between high school and what comes after high school," Musgrove said.

After the Tools for College Success forum, Newton County School Board member Jeff Meadors will hold his third quarterly forum at 3:30 p.m. at Alcovy High School. He will discus college and career readiness and the new Georgia College and Career Ready Performance Index, which is a new way to evaluate how schools are currently doing and how they will do in the future.

"It is offered by the state school superintendent as a waiver to the current Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) reporting," Meadors said in a statement announcing the forum. "We are hopeful for its passage and implementation."

Meadors said he will also provide updates from the annual meeting of the Georgia School Board Association and recent court decisions and federal initiatives regarding charter schools and school bullying.