Harrisonburg City Schools Aim for High Minority Achievement

By: Brendan Ponton Email
By: Brendan Ponton Email

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- The Virginia Board of Education's Annual Report to the Governor shows Virginia schools are improving. Around 93% of schools are now fully accredited. The report did highlight improvements that sill need to be made, including an achievement gap from minority students.

Harrisonburg City Schools are trying to bridge that separation. Superintendent Dr. Scott Kizner notes his district has more minorities than other in the state.

Kizner believes his teachers do a good job in preparing students for college, which is key in helping make sure all students are treated equally. The school system is getting ready to offer the first kind of program in the area, where students can earn their high school diplomas and associates degrees in a partnership with Blue Ridge Community College.

He hopes the program will encourage students to continue their education.

"In the wealthier communities, that's the expectation. Every kid is going to college, and everything is geared towards a college curriculum. And in a place like Harrisonburg, we need to be thinking the same way. Will every kid go to college? Of course not. But what we don't want to happen is that a student did not go to college because we didn't prepare them," he said.

Harrisonburg's School Board will meet on Tuesday to formally address the program to partner with Blue Ridge Community College, but Kizner says he doesn't anticipate any problems on it moving forward.


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