Rogers High School

Rogers High School is one of 130 school districts in the United States being recognized for creating opportunities for traditionally underrepresented students.

[contextly_auto_sidebar] The districts featured on the honor roll have expanded access to higher education by providing students with rigorous academic offerings and innovative college-preparation programs. They demonstrated significant and consistent growth in the number of underrepresented students and students from lower-income backgrounds participating in AP, taking the SAT, and applying to four or more colleges.

Rogers High School Principal Jeffrey Goss had the following to say – “It makes me proud as the principal of Rogers High School with the announcement that we were the only Rhode Island school selected for this honor.  It shows our dedication to providing rigorous Advanced Placement offerings in a wide variety of content areas.  Our students have challenged themselves not only through our offerings on campus but they have also taken advantage of our Virtual High School and concurrent and dual enrollment opportunities- as well as our career and tech hands on experiences. Our faculty is driven to providing the most challenging courses available and I am pleased at our increased number of students who have taken the SAT.  Our school committee deserves credit too for their leadership for providing all sophomores and juniors with the chance to take the PSAT in school.”

“The Gaston Caperton Opportunity Honor Roll recognizes educators and administrators who excel in delivering opportunity to students,” stated David Coleman, president and CEO of the College Board. “By increasing access to stimulating courses and college opportunity, they have created a culture of success that will continue to grow and benefit students.”

There is no application process for the award. To be included, RHS had to:

  • Increase the total number of underrepresented students who took the SAT
  • Increase the total number of underrepresented students who took an AP course and exam
  • Increase the total number of underrepresented students who were on track for college, as demonstrated by scoring 1550+ on the SAT
  • Increase the total number of underrepresented students who scored a three or higher on an AP Exam
  • Increase the total number of underrepresented students who sent their SAT scores to at least four colleges

Districts on the Gaston Caperton Opportunity Honor Roll show how exemplary classroom instruction, challenging courses, and daily hard work and practice make all the difference in the lives of students.

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