Beginning next week, look for our Quality Profile in your mailbox. In its fourth year now, the purpose of the Quality Profile is to offer a comprehensive glimpse into the areas of your school district that matter most. Seven areas are highlighted this year: (1) teaching & learning; (2) fiscal stewardship; (3) academics; (4) arts; (5) parent & community involvement; (6) student leadership & activities; and (7) student safety & wellness.
As you read through the Profile, I think you’ll be proud of the tremendous work and accomplishments from our students and staff in the last school year. You’ll learn more about our Warriors BEyond program and the tremendous opportunities it’s creating for our students. You’ll see the places our graduating class of 2016 is continuing its education – 44 institutions across 22 states – with the help of the nearly $7 million dollars in scholarship money awarded. You’ll see that, last year, we had more students take more advanced placement course exams than ever in recent history – a testament to our commitment to a quality, rigorous, college preparatory academic program. This commitment to quality and rigor also includes our arts program, and the Profile shares many of the great accomplishments our students celebrated in both the visual and performing arts.
So much of this success is due to our students’ strong involvement in extracurricular activities and clubs beyond the normal school day. As you’ll read, 80% of our high school students and 86% of our junior high students stay involved in school after the final bell. Our students are volunteers, athletes, entrepreneurs and scientists, just to name a few – and you’ll see all of this in the pages of the Profile. And our commitment to strong fiscal accountability continues to be a primary focus – it’s great to see the Mariemont City School District ranked 10th in the country as a school district that commands top premiums for home values!
Also featured in this year’s Quality Profile is a glimpse into the future and the conversations that we need to begin now about our high school facility. It’s been eight years since our community has talked about facilities. Of course, back then, the decision was made to renovate and expand Mariemont Elementary and Terrace Park Elementary and build Mariemont Junior High School. Left for another day was Mariemont High School, and as this nearly 50-year-old building continues to age, we, as a community, will need to make some decisions about the long-term plan for our school district’s high school. You can learn more about this in the Quality Profile, and I will be sharing much more in the weeks and months to come.
Until then, please spend some time reading the Quality Profile when it arrives at your home. It’s part of my commitment to keep you informed about your school district. We work hard every day to meet and exceed your expectations, and we will continue to do so in the future.