Are Specialty Programs Worth the Cost?

PWCS offers something other school divisions don’t – choice.

In PWCS, high school students can choose a specialty that they might be interested in and can transfer to a school that offers it, assuming the school is accepting transfers. We have specialty programs in IT, Bio-tech, Fine and Performing Arts, Engineering, Culinary Arts, and others.   PWCS also offers AP, IB, and Cambridge courses.  PWCS provides transportation for students transferring into specialty programs from other schools.

Is the value of the speciality programs worth the cost of programs, transportation, and all the weird enrollment numbers?

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Based on SAT & ACT Scores for students in specialty programs and not in specialty programs, the answer is a resounding Yes.

The chart to the right lists the combined SAT and composite ACT scores for students at every high school in PWCS.  Scores are listed for the school overall, for students participating in speciality programs, and for students not participating in specialty programs.

On average, in 2013 students in specialty programs scored 185 points higher on the SAT and 3 points higher on the AP than students not participating in specialty programs.

In addition, in 2013 students participating in The Governor’s School at Innovation scored 247 points higher on the SAT and 4 points higher on the ACT than the county average for specialty program students.

 

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