Model Lab Ranks 7th in Kentucky in ACT scores

Model Laboratory High School ranks seventh in ACT scores among public schools in Kentucky, continuing its tradition of top-10 success.

Last March, 52 Model Lab juniors took the test, which gauges college readiness. They scored an average of 21.7 in English, 20.4 in mathematics, 23.3 in reading, and 21.0 in science for a composite score of 21.7. The state averages were 18.0 in English, 18.1 in mathematics, 19.0 in reading, and 19.0 in science for a composite of 18.8.

“An emphasis on academic excellence that is supported by teachers and parents and highly valued by our students is key to our success,” said Mark Cornette, assistant director at Model Lab. “We have been a laboratory school for best teaching practices for more than 100 years, and our students’ success is evidence of our effectiveness.

“If you visit our classrooms from pre-K through 12th grade on any day, you will see students engaged in creative activities and challenged to think critically and achieve at high levels,” he continued. “We now have more programs in the arts offered to our students than ever before. Enrichment activities in world languages, guitar, ballet, yoga, strings and vocal music are available. All high school students are required to complete community service and participate in a club or sport each school year. This challenging curriculum and variety in extracurricular activities are also important elements in the high scores of our students and the success of our graduates.”

This year, Model Lab graduates received $1 million in college scholarships.

Other points of pride this year at Model Lab include:

·         Middle school ranked ninth in state on KCCT.

·         Mock trial team was runner-up in state competition.

·         Middle school future problem-solving team was district and regional champions.

·         All bands grades 6-12 earned Distinguished ratings at KMEA District Concert Festival in 2011. Band director Bridgette Meyers was named District 11 Middle School Teacher of the Year by the Kentucky Music Educators Association.

·         Susan Neumann was named by the Kentucky Academy of Science as 2010 Outstanding Secondary School Science Teacher.

·         New international student exchange with Mrs. Aw Boon Haw Secondary School in Hong Kong.

Approximately 700 students are enrolled at Model pre-K through 12th grade.

Published on September 20, 2011