Did You Know?

Did You Know?
Posted on 02/12/2021
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Did You Know? - LCHS 

Preparing our future workforce!

Preparing students for their future is a critical part of our mission to Inspire Excellence!  

Fast Forward! - We have a goal that 95% of our graduates will have plans to attend a 4-year college, 2-year college, vocational school, trade school, pursue an apprenticeship or serve in a branch of the military.  

We know that a majority of the careers (not just jobs) that our community needs, and that our students desire, will require training beyond a high school diploma. Therefore, we provide numerous supports to help our students to be successful in their pursuit of their Fast Forward! goals.

Here are some of the examples of our work to support this goal:

  • Graduation Rates:
    • Eight consecutive years above the state average on 4-year graduation rate
    • Eight year average graduation rate of 93.6% per year
    • Graduation rate in 2011 was 83% and 96% in 2019 and 2020 - 13 point increase
    Focus on Attendance - Our average daily attendance over the past 4 years has been 95%.  We know the importance that this has for learning and the impact it can have in our students’ careers and employability.
    Iowa School Performance Profiles (School Ratings/Report Card)
    Iowa Department of Education releases School Performance Profiles at https://www.iaschoolperformance.gov/ECP/Home/Index.  This site shows how schools are performing on multiple measures and meets federal and state requirements for publishing report cards.  These measures include scores and ratings on a set of accountability measures, such as student growth, graduation rates, assessment performance (ISASP), postsecondary readiness, and more.  Reports provide an overall score and from there a school is placed into one of the following categories: Exceptional, High Performing, Commendable, Acceptable, Needs Improvement, and Priority.  In addition to the overall rating, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) identifies schools that are struggling or have student groups underperforming. Lewis Central High School has earned the rating of High Performing for 2019 and 2020, placing us in the top 5 high schools in the state of Iowa, based on the performance profile.
    College and Career Readiness - All LCHS graduates are required to either complete a College Readiness course or Workplace Readiness course.  College Readiness helps students to select a college, apply for scholarships, apply for financial aid, complete a college application and prepare for college entrance examinations.  Workplace Readiness helps prepare students for pursuing a degree at a community college, trade program, through apprenticeship, in the military, or getting and keeping a job.
    Student Activities - LCHS has student activities such as Business Professionals of America (BPA), Skills USA, and Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA).  Many of the students participating in these clubs have not only been recognized at the state level, but have also received national awards.
    Trade Exploration Day - Students are provided opportunities to speak with representatives from institutions and organizations that provide training, certification, or degrees in the trades.  Representatives answer questions about their programs, course of study, career opportunities, scholarships, internships, financial aid and entrance requirements.  Exhibitors include representatives from Iowa Western Community College, Metropolitan Community College, Iowa WORKS*, branches of the Armed Forces, and representatives from the unions associated with electricians, plumbers, HVAC, transportation, and many more.  Over 60 exhibitors participate annually.  
    College Fair - We have roughly 70 colleges attend our annual College Fair. Students are provided opportunities to speak with representatives who answer questions about their programs, course of study, scholarships, financial aid, and admission requirements.
    Career and Technical Education Programs - Project Lead The Way program was recognized as a “distinguished” high school program by PLTW two consecutive years in a row.  One of only a few schools in the state of Iowa and slightly over 100 nationally, based upon “access” (number offerings and pathways), “achievement” (results on national college credit examination) and “engagement” (participation and retention).  87.5% of the students in Intro. Engineering Design, Principles of Engineering, Civil Engineering & Arch., and Digital Electronics scored proficient or advanced on end-of-course exams.
    Pottawattamie Promise and Career EdVantage- LCHS has partnered with Pottawattamie Promise and Career EdVantage to offer 60 scholarship opportunities per class for students to attend Iowa Western Community College.  The goal of Pottawattamie Promise and Career EdVantage is to help qualifying students obtain a college degree or complete a certificate program.
  • IWCC
    • Class of 2020 earned 2,306 credits
    • Average credits earned per student is 16 (equivalent to a semesters of credits)
    • 143 (72%) Students with at least 3 credits 
    • 92 ( 46% ) Students with 12 or more (64% of the students 72% that earned credit)
    • 62 (31%) Seniors with 18 or more (43% of the students 72% that earned credit)
    • 23 (12% ) Seniors with 24 or more  (16% of the students 72% that earned credit)
    Career Pathway Articulations with IWCC - Through our partnership with IWCC we have identified 12 different pathways in which LCHS students can accelerate their attainment of a diploma, certificate and possibly an associate’s degree from IWCC.  Our current pathways and articulations include the areas of Accounting, Advanced Nurse Assistant, Automotive Technology, CNC Machining, Construction, Culinary Arts, Electrical Technology, Industrial Engineering Technology, Information Technology, Marketing, Media Studies, and Welding.  Students are able to participate in these pathways while attending both LCHS and IWCC for classes.  For many students keeping that connection with their high school and involvement in school activities is a priority.  That being said, it is also possible for a student to advance their program and potentially graduate not only from LCHS on time, but also earn a possible diploma, certificate, or associate’s degree from IWCC in the same timeframe.  
    ACT results - The ACT examination is a strong indicator of potential success in a college-level course.  In recent years we have had a significant increase in the percentage of students scoring a 25 or higher on the ACT.  We measure this score and above because of the implications those scores can have on scholarship opportunities.  
    Scholarship Dollars Awarded: We have had an average of $5.7 million dollars awarded in scholarship dollars over the past six years, and that equals an average of over $26,500 per graduate.
  • Activities
    • Wrestling
      • State Championships in 2000, 2001, and 2004
      • State Duel Tournament Championships in 2000 and 2001
    • Girls Soccer
      • State Championships 2016, 2017, and 2018
    • Boys Soccer
      • State Championships 2019
    • Numerous state qualifying teams and state runner-up finishes
      Several individual state championships and state records for individual athletes
      We currently have over 125 recent graduates participating in college level athletics and fine arts activities from the junior college level to NCAA Division 1, with our band and choir programs having over 50 graduates participating at the collegiate level.
    • Numerous Division 1 athletes excelling in their respective sports
  • Soft Skills
    Collaboration - Student collaboration is one of the essential instructional approaches used in all of our classrooms.  We know that learning is not only enhanced with student collaboration, but interpersonal skills and communication are essential in the workforce and most every career.
    Communication - Students have strong skills in both written and verbal communication stressed in our graduate requirements.  In addition to our graduates being required to complete eight credits in the area of English, one of those credits must be in public speaking. 
    Initiative - One of our three pillars of success is that our students show and demonstrate “initiative.”  We not only teach lessons on this trait, we recognize students when they demonstrate this skill in their work and actions.
    Complex Thinking - We know that students will be faced with problem-solving situations in their careers and life; therefore, we purposefully think about the activities and lessons we teach to help ensure that students are academically challenged and experience multiple situations in which they are asked to apply their acquired knowledge.
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