School District Provides Free ACT Prep Class for StudentsEAGLE, CO Eagle County Schools will begin providing Free ACT Prep for ECS Students during the spring semester.
ACT and SAT exams provide colleges and universities objective data to guide admissions. GPA and extracurricular participation help paint the full picture of a student, but when weighing who to admit, the best predictor of academic success remains ACT and SAT scores. In Colorado, and fifteen other states, the ACT exam is a required test in the spring of student’s junior year.
Eagle County Schools has partnered with Princeton Review to bring Princeton Review ACT Prep classes to ECS high schools. All 11th graders can now take the premiere ACT prep program at no cost. The grant-funded program provides students with an ACT prep class, Princeton Review ACT prep books, and access to full-length practice tests. The same class can cost students hundreds of dollars on the front-range. Aspen School District and Roaring Fork will also be offering the class free to their students.
The partnership originated from the Colorado Western Slope College Outreach program, the organization that puts on the Western Slope College Fair in Aspen, as well as College Symposiums at CMU and CMC.
Eight teachers from Battle Mountain High School, Eagle Valley High School, and Red Canyon High School participated in a four day Princeton Review training program and are now certified to teach Princeton Review ACT prep classes. Schools have latitude in how they design and implement prep classes, which will begin second semester of this school year.
“We are grateful to the Western Slope College Fair, Board of Directors for fostering the partnership with Princeton Review,” said Philip Qualman, Assistant Superintendent with the district. "Disparity in means should not dictate disparity in opportunity. It was critical to us if we were going to put this program in our schools, that we made it accessible to all students at no cost.”