URBANA — Urbana High School recently earned an award as a part of ACT's College and Career Readiness Campaign, and received it at a recent Illinois State Board of Education meeting.
The high school was recognized as an exemplary high school and won the College and Career Transition Award.
"With more than 62 percent low-income students, this school has increased access and participation in AP courses and exams," according to the state board. "Students regularly earn ACT scores above the state average, post a higher graduation rate and a lower drop-out rate than the state average."
Illinois is one of seven states participating in the inaugural year of the award program to recognize efforts in advancing college and career readiness.
The other states participating are Alabama, Colorado, Iowa, Kentucky, North Carolina and Wisconsin.
"We talk about college and career readiness nearly every day at the state board of education and in schools across the state," said State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch. "It's so important that we also take time to recognize those who are making this benchmark a reality. Their efforts should not only be honored but shared as many more strive to achieve the same outcomes."
Interim Urbana High School Principal Joseph Wiemelt accepted the award and said the school was honored.
"As a district, we are committed to educational excellence and it is our mission to ensure that all learners acquire knowledge, develop skills and build character to achieve personal greatness," he told the state board, according to a news release.
"We recognize that this is a collective effort of our entire community and our entire (pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade) district shares in this accomplishment. Our constant pursuit of greatness does not stop here, but we appreciate the recognition of our hard work."