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Slew of rising eighth graders applying for admission; room for only about 5 percent

With 95 percent of the school’s first graduating class accepted by a four-year college, Sci Academy  is seeing increased interest among prospective ninth-grade enrollees, the school’ board of directors learned at its April board meeting.

As of April 1, 377 current eighth-graders listed Sci Academy on their high school applications, a 14 percent rise from last year. Of those students, 144 ranked the school as their first choice and 98 listed it as their second. This is the first year in which the Recovery School District has integrated the enrollment process through use of a common application form for all its schools.

Sci Academy will have seats for only about 5 percent of applicants to its ninth grade, and the school estimates around 1,000 students have yet to complete an application. In addition to this year’s eighth-grade class, 190 students applied to all grades at Sci Academy as their first choice.

In other business, the Collegiate Academies board, which manages Sci Academy, was advised that the school’s excellence committee is reviewing disciplinary policies and will make a recommendation to the board at the June meeting.

To maintain the board’s current size, the human capital committee has been meeting with members of prospective Collegiate Academy communities, including friends and affiliates of George Washington Carver High School. Collegiate Academies is slated to move Sci Academy into the Carver building and launch a second high school there as well.

The Collegiate Academies board has changed its monthly meeting time to 5:30 on the third Wednesday of the month, in the Sci Academy library.

All board members were present for the April meeting, including school leader Ben Marcovitz who participated by phone.

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