The Abingdon-Avon school district will hold their graduation ceremonies next weekend but some of those seniors have already got college degrees.
Four graduating seniors from District 276 are in line to get their associates degree before they even get their high school diploma, thanks to a partnership between the district and Carl Sandburg College. The number of students graduating with the associates is down from the year before, where six students received their two-year college degree.
Superintendent Dr. Mike Curry tells WGIL that the high school’s class structure allows students the opportunity to enroll in more dual credit courses.
“We have 15 juniors on track to graduate, not only, with a high school diploma but an associates degree from Carl Sandburg College.”
Curry says that because the high school operates on trimesters, instead of a typical semester, students can take more classes over the course of their high school careers. “If the kids took “X” number of classes junior and senior year, with that additional trimester, they could graduate high school with an associates degree.”
Former high school principal Shane Gordon, now superintendent in the Bluford school district, was able to work with administration at Carl Sandburg to get the program off the ground.
Carl Sandburg’s graduation ceremonies are on Thursday, May 16, while Abingdon-Avon’s ceremony is Sunday, May 19.