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Canfield rates high for college prep

February 7, 2013
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

Canfield Local School District just received a state report on students who needed remediation in their freshman year of college. The report ranked Canfield as the top school in the tri-county area for students who are college ready.

"Based on the percentage, we are doing very well," said Superintendent Alex Geordan.

The numbers placed Canfield on top with 177 students attending a state college or university. Out of 240 graduates last year, that was a high number. Of that 177, only 32 percent needed remediation in math and English.

Other schools in the Town Crier coverage area were listed as follows: Poland came in third with 117 students entering state colleges requiring 43 percent needing remediation; Austintown came in fifth with 192 students and 48 percent; and Boardman came in eighth with 225 entering state colleges with 52 percent needing remediation. Those schools were among 18 Mahoning County schools listed.

Geordan said out of the remaining 63 Canfield students, roughly 40 attended a private university and in those cases, rarely needed remediation.

"Over 90 percent of our kids are going to college," Geordan said. "That's outstanding."

He credits three areas for the fact Canfield kids are more college ready than most. The first area is the number of Advanced Placement courses that are offered at the high school. Those courses have helped students take on a higher degree of learning that made them ready for their freshman college year.

Second, Geordan said the well-trained staff have a good working knowledge of what it takes to make it in college. That knowledge spreads to the classroom and students to better prepare them.

The third area involves home life.

"We have outstanding families in this community who take education very seriously," he said.

To keep this ball rolling, Geordan said the intent is to expand the AP course offerings in coming years, which will lower even further the number needing remediation.

"We want to drive all of our kids to a higher level of learning," Geordan said.



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