Archive for Monday, March 30, 1992

FOR MANY, LHS NOT LAST SCHOOL STOP

March 30, 1992

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If last year's Lawrence High School seniors followed through on plans made last spring, more than two-thirds of them are receiving a post-secondary education.

According to the Kansas Department of Education, 60 percent of 1991 LHS seniors surveyed last spring said they planned to attend a four-year college or university in the fall of 1991. Another 5.3 percent said they planned to attend a two-year college, and 4.2 percent planned to attend a vocational-technical school or other post-secondary institution.

Statewide, 42.8 percent of 1991 high school seniors said they planned to attend a four-year college or university. Another 24.7 percent planned to attend a two-year college, and 4.4 percent planned to attend some other post-secondary institution.

IN 1990, 64 percent of LHS seniors surveyed said they planned to attend a four-year college or university. Another 3.2 percent planned to attend a two-year college, and 1.7 percent planned to attend some other post-secondary school.

A list of student "outcome" goals developed by a Lawrence school panel in January says students should demonstrate the desire for continued learning by participating in post-secondary learning opportunities. School Board President Mary Loveland said she was encouraged by the 69.5 percent of 1991 LHS seniors who said they planned to take advantage of such opportunities.

"I think they are good numbers to start with. I think it gives us something to shoot for," Loveland said. She said there's considerable evidence that "to compete in today's world, you're under-equipped if you've just got a high school diploma."

Loveland mentioned the district's efforts to develop a "tech prep" program, in which LHS students would take a specified set of courses in their junior and senior years to prepare for a two-year program at Johnson County Community College.

"I THINK it will get kids pointed in the right direction midway through their high school career," Loveland said.

Robert Eales, the district's director of vocational education, said Lawrence is part of a consortium of Johnson County school districts working to develop a tech prep program with Johnson County Community College.

Although the program remains in the planning stages, Eales said a Principles of Technology course already offered at LHS is the type of class that can prepare students for community college. Three sections of an applied math class to be offered at LHS next fall also will be especially helpful for students who have community college plans, Eales said.

Among the LHS seniors responding to the survey, 10.1 percent said they planned to be employed full time after graduation. Another 1.5 percent said they planned to enter the military. The status of 18.3 percent of the students is unknown, and 0.6 percent checked the "miscellaneous" category.

Arlee Roberts, registrar at LHS, said that because the survey asks students only about their plans for the following school year, the survey does not indicate how many students might seek a post-secondary education later on.

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