On Monday night at the South Lane school board meeting, Cottage Grove High School principal Mike Ingman accompanied by science teacher Leilagh Boyle and world language teacher Krista Scoggins made a presentation to the board showcasing the opportunities that students have to get college credits while in high school.
“Academically Cottage Grove High School is one of the top in the county, at least. And it’s not debatable. Nobody ever says oh no it’s not. We have the numbers, we have the data to show it’s one of the top academic high schools in our county,” said Ingman.
The three programs that CGHS utilizes to make this happen are AP classes, Willamette Promise and College Now.
CGHS offers AP courses in calculus, chemistry, world history, biology, language and literature. After taking the year-long course, the students pay an $88 fee to take a test. Students on free and reduced lunch have their test fees waived. Based on the score the students get back, they are then eligible for credit at colleges and universities across the country.
With College Now, the school is teamed up with Lane Community College, Chemeketa Community College and Rogue Community College students can enroll in a number of courses and get from one to six credits. Ingman noted that each credit is worth around $100.
The school provides 41 offerings with LCC. These courses offer anywhere from one to six college credits. The classes, that are taught by 11 different teachers at CGHS, range from general chemistry to restaurant operations to video game development.
Last year, the school added Willamette Promise, a program run by Willamette ESD. The program began four years ago and entered Lane County last year. Through Western Oregon University, Oregon Tech and Corban University, students can receive college credits in a number of courses. At CGHS, there are currently three classes that offer Willamette promise: biology, public speaking and Spanish.
Scoggins teaches the Spanish class and last year had three students earn eight credits in first and second year college Spanish.
“We ask our kids to get better everyday, so why would we ask less of ourselves?,” said Ingman. “We’re just trying to get better and try to provide a better education for the kids in our building.”