Every day that teens walk through the front doors of the Utah County Academy of Sciences, the same image greets them: giant, colorful maps matching photos of the school’s more than 100 seniors with the colleges they plan to attend. “It’s an encouragement for the kids,” said the charter school’s principal, Clark Baron.
This is a public school, open to any student, that has had enormous success. One-fifth of its students come from low-income families, but last year, 98 percent graduated. Nearly all went to college, most having already earned associate’s degrees in high school.
The academy ranks No. 1 in Utah for science achievement on state tests and is tied for the top spot in language arts, out of more than 150 high schools.Congratulations to Dr. Baron and his top-quality team. They have board meeting tomorrow, and I'm sure this will come up as a well-deserved pat on the school's back.