NORTH LOGAN – InTech Collegiate High School has announced that the school is looking to expand its enrollment by adding 7th and 8th grades in the 2018-19 school year. The school has been anticipating this expansion since 2015 when the Cache County School Board approved an amendment to the InTech Collegiate High School Charter Agreement. The decision allowed InTech to add grades and expand its headcount. The Cache County School Board authorizes InTech’s charter.
According to Executive Director of InTech Collegiate High School Jason Stanger in a press release, increasing the number of students and grade levels will improve the school’s economies of scale and will allow InTech to enhance its award-winning STEM offerings and better prepare its students for its early college programs.
“We really see this as a major part of our outreach effort,” Stanger explains. “Too often, students decide in middle school that they can’t do math or science.
“Because of that, some don’t even consider InTech as a high school option, and those that do enroll, may struggle in our STEM and advanced curriculum. We would like to help these students at an earlier point so that they have a solid middle school experience in science and math, rather than to have students need to remediate those skills in high school.”
InTech is currently looking at adding additional facilities to handle the growth and gauging interest from the community about the proposed expansion. The InTech Collegiate High School Governing Board will make a final decision about the expansion within the next several weeks.
According to Stanger, “If we have identified a workable facility solution and have generated enough enrollment interest by early this fall to justify the expansion in 2018-19, then it is likely we will move forward.” Stanger adds, “We’ve conducted some initial interest surveys and that looks promising, but now it is time for people to actually sign up for the 2018-19 enrollment lottery.”
Parents or guardians of students who wish to enter their students into the school’s 7th and 8th grade enrollment lottery for 2018-19 should do so on the InTech Collegiate High School website: <a href=”http://www.intechchs.org” target=”_blank”>www.intechchs.org</a>.
Additionally, the school recently announced the average ACT scores from its most recent graduating class. The class of 2017 scored an average of 26.0 which, according to InTech Collegiate High School, continues a seven-year trend of the school’s ACT scores being 2.0 to 5.0 points higher than state and national averages.
The average composite ACT score in Utah was 20.3 while the national composite score was 21.0.
Not only does the ACT measure a student’s skills and knowledge needed for success at college, it also marks college readiness benchmarks in English, Math, Reading and Science. The percentage of InTech students who met all four benchmarks was more than double the state average. Fifty-seven percent of InTech graduating students meet all four benchmarks, while 23% of Utah students meet the same readiness benchmarks.