by Kevin Brown, WSHS
It's almost hard to believe that just five years ago, only five percent of William Smith High School students graduated with the ability to go to college. Since then, we can proudly say that the hard work of students and staff has dramatically improved these figures.
With great leadership from administrators Jane Shirley and David Roll and the innovative ideas of Expeditionary Learning, William Smith now has 60 percent of its 2011 graduates enjoying acceptance to four-year universities. From Arizona State to Nebraska to Louisiana State University, our students will be showing the whole country what they're made of.
Furthermore, 80 percent of our 2011 graduates have already earned some college credit, thanks to our close partnership with Community College of Aurora in offering dual-enrollment classes. William Smith believes that all students should have the option to pursue a post-secondary education, and that belief is becoming reality!