I am very pleased to welcome everyone to Hickman County’s 2019-2020 school year. We are very proud of the achievements made here in the past and strive to improve our school district even more in the years to come. Our goal is to create a positive learning environment where academic rigor is not only a reality, but an expectation for all of our students.
We also consistently rank among the best in college and career readiness and graduation rates and have been recognized by U.S. News and World Report as well as the Niche Report for having one of the best high schools in the state. U.S. News and World Report have recently awarded this district as a Bronze district giving us this status at the state and national level. Former Kentucky Commissioner of Education, Stephen Pruitt, also labels us as one of the best school districts he has ever seen for our commitment to education and the caring nature our staff has for students.
Our Falcon Academy dual credit program begins its ninth year. It is a program that prepares students for college like no other. The classes offered through this program are the same courses students would take if they were sitting in any of our neighboring colleges or universities. The program has been free to all students thanks to the generosity of the Four Rivers Foundation, our local board of education and the 74 sponsors from our community. To date, our students have taken over 6000 college hours with one or more of our local post-secondary institutions. They have also saved the families of those students over 1.5 million dollars in college expenses. We hope to continue the growth and enthusiasm around this program so our students can benefit from it in the future. I thank all those who make it a success.
Lastly, I would like to thank all our staff, SBDM councils, board of education, and this wonderful community for all the support you give to this school district. It is due to your efforts and continued support that we are successful.