As the first quarter of this year marches onward, I wanted to let our parent community know how well things are going at Providence. Recently, we have been recognized for the following achievements:
The ONLY high school in CMS to receive a grade of A+ and the highest performing high school in CMS in 2016-17 (recognized by the NC Dept. of Public Instruction)
Providence students EXCEEDED expected growth which means that students grew more than they were predicted to grow in a year’s time.
Providence has the HIGHEST ACT scores in CMS.
Providence has the HIGHEST Graduation Cohort Rate of any school in CMS.
Our senior class has the largest number of National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists (14) in Mecklenburg including the private schools.
It is almost unbelievable that our students, with much support from their teachers, have recently been recognized in this many categories. The accolades are not just about high performance, they are about GROWTH. Growth is defined by a year’s worth of progress in a year’s time. The “A+” score from NC Dept. of Public Instruction was earned because our students have exceeded growth goals (and not just the top performing students but the average and struggling students as well) and because we have a smaller achievement gap between subgroups of students than the state average. Of all the recent accolades earned by the students and teachers at Providence, I am most proud of the growth and a higher than expected increase in each child’s performance from one year to the next. This emphasizes the impact of the teaching and learning that occurs at our school and is a true measure of how hard our faculty and students work to get better and better each year.
To top off this good news, last week we received an email from a Providence alum who wrote,
“Providence High School…did its job – the teachers, the extracurricular activities, the homework – they all intertwined and worked to lift me and every other student there to a place that would give us success when it was our time to walk across the stage. They gave us an academic edge over the rest of the high school students…”
This is the true measure of our success as a school: How prepared are our graduates for college and career? It is music to our ears when we hear from our former students that they are thriving!
Best wishes to our students and teachers on a productive and successful school year.