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The Dansville Online
  • Honors Academy will restore prestige to DCS

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  • DANSVILLE— In an effort to better prepare Dansville Central School students for competitive universities and level the playing field for them, Superintendent Paul Alioto has proposed a seven-nine Honors Preparation Academy and a 10-12 Honors Academy for the 2014-15 school year.
    The Honors Prep would target students in the seventh to ninth grade, who are looking to be challenged academically before they reach the high school level. The Prep program would offer honors ELA and Social Studies courses, evening enrichment opportunities and field trips to career fields, college campuses and new businesses.
    The Honors Academy will be open to 10th through 12th graders who wish to attend competitive universities. The Academy would offer a variety of new and continuing advanced placement courses as well as SAT prep and additional aid in completing college applications.
    “We want to see our prestige be back to where it was, we want our reputation to be back to where it was,” Alioto said. “And I believe this program will help us do that.”
    While the program is in early planning stages, Alioto hopes it will help bring his students into the same academic bracket as other districts and give them a better stepping stone to get into more competitive universities.
    The Academy also has a proposed Capstone program for 12th graders that will further enhance their potential to be accepted into their college of choice. The Capstone would help them navigate the different options open to graduating seniors in an individualized plan.
    This would include internships and research projects in their field of choice to give them a portfolio before even stepping foot on a college campus.
    Alioto also proposed six honors coordinators who would mentor the students and coordinate the evening enrichment program. Four mentors would work for the 10-12th graders while two will assist the seventh through ninth graders.
    The hope is to have the program ready to begin in the 2014-15 school year with the Capstone program taking effect in the 2015-16 school year.

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