Good news as school starts at Monticello High School
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The school year is underway at Monticello High School with a number of new names and faces and some good news from the prior school year.

A full 87 percent of students, school-wide, scored at a proficient level on standardized tests. The score represents additional progress as the school moves to attaining a goal of 90 percent proficient.

Possibly even more important is the achievement gap between advantaged and disadvantaged students at the school, which has closed to less than ten percent.

While the school-wide proficiency at Monticello High is 87 percent, 78 percent of students from minority groups, from economically disadvantaged households, or with limited English proficiency scored at proficient levels.

Closing the achievement gap is an ongoing goal for schools around the nation. The achievement gap is more than 20 percent nationwide.

School officials point to a culture of excellence, hardworking students and the support of parents and community as reasons for the success.

The most recent scores add to a multiyear trend of more students mastering the information outlined in courses. See the chart below.

Students in core subjects are tested at the end of each year. More than 90 percent of students were proficient in five subjects at Monticello High, including 8th and 11th grade language arts, pre-algebra, 7th grade science, and physics classes.

A generally-recognized measure of a high performing school is a 90 percent proficiency level.

In other matters at Monticello High, Ron (RD) Sharp, a 1987 graduate of Monticello High, has accepted the assistant principal position at the school. Sharpe has spent the past 18 years as a teacher, coach and administrator in southwest Utah.

On August 16, the school board approved $1.8 million for a significant remodeling effort at the school during the summer of 2012, including remodeling the technology center; new windows, plumbing, wiring, and lockers; refurbished locker rooms; heating and cooling system fixes; and gymnasium acoustical treatment.

A new concession stand will open at the home football game September 2.

The board also approved $10 million to rebuild Monticello Elementary, $175,000 for a concession stand at Whitehorse High, new locker rooms and acoustical treatment at San Juan High; and planning money for a computer building and new parking lot at the district offices.

The district has completed a new school and housing in Monument Valley and significant remodeling projects at San Juan, Whitehorse, and Monument Valley high schools.
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