Sunday, September 19, 2004

West Clermont schools part of TV show

The Enquirer

West Clermont Local School District is featured in a segment of The College Track: America's Sorting Machine, a public-television series that airs from 3-6 p.m. today on CET-TV (Channel 48).

The three-part series explores America's commitment to equal access to higher education through the stories of students struggling to become the first in their families to attend college.

The series examines how low expectations and lack of rigorous preparation limit students' choices and hamper their chances for success.

West Clermont is part of the first hour, Who's In, Who's Out" beginning at 3 p.m. That segment shows how comprehensive high schools - created in the 1930s when many people made their livings on farms and in factories - leave many young people unprepared in today's high-tech world. It showcases public school systems turning away from that traditional approach and instead aiming to prepare all students for college.

Beginning in the 2002-03 school year, the 9,000-student West Clermont district was the first suburban school district in the country to redesign all of its high schools into smaller schools of focused interest.

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