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High ACT Scores in Upper Cleveland

posted Jul 31, 2015, 8:46 AM by Greg Shull
Burns High School’s rising seniors will begin the 2015-16 school year with an academic triumph by earning the highest ACT (American College Testing) scores in the school’s history during the recent examination period. Their efforts also earned them top ACT honors among the county’s four traditional high schools.

Burns High Students participated in a month-and-a-half long ACT preparatory initiative during Bulldog Block, a designated period during the school day at Burns for students to receive individualized interventions on English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science.

“Both teachers and students pushed themselves to study outside of their comfort zone and master new subjects,” says Dr. Chris Blanton, principal of Burns High. “This initiative forged strong student-teacher bonds and achieved higher individual results.”

“This effort exclusively focused on increasing individual student’s college readiness,” says Ryan Etheridge, now assistant principal at Burns High.

Results indicated that 97% of Burns’ students took the test where 66% met or exceeded North Carolina’s target composite score. The average ACT scores for the four traditional high schools improved by 4.8% from the previous year; Burns High achieved an 18% increase. “This achievement exemplifies the high caliber work ethic and consistent parental supports of the students in upper Cleveland County,” added Blanton.