Principal's Message

 

Mr. Sean Gorman

Mr Sean Gorman
 

Principal’s Corner
(Originally featured in the Gloucester City News)

On the evening of Monday, June 19th, one of the greatest graduating classes in our school district's history will walk across Gloucester High School's football field as graduates.  I write that with infinite respect and admiration for all graduating classes past.  To say that a class or school or team is one of "the greatest of all time" is done too often in American society today.  That being said, the Class of 2017 has quantifiable proof to support this bold statement.

Of our 133 12th grade students this year, 86 of them participated in the SAT assessment during their Junior and/or Senior year of high school.  This 65% participation rate is the highest in our school's history.  With a larger group of participants, you could assume that this group is also less selective and therefore performance rates would lower.  This has not been the case with the Class of 2017.  Out of a possible 1600 total points that can be earned between the SAT Reading (800) and Math (800) sections, the average performance of the 86 Senior participants is impressive.  The top 10% of GHS test-takers had an average score of 1314 with the highest being a 1440!  The top 25% of GHS test-takers had an average score of 1238.  The top 50% of GHS test-takers had an average score of 1100.  We could not be more proud of these results and these students!

On Friday, May 26th, we held our first-ever "College & Military Signing Day."  This national initiative aims to celebrate all students who have competed either the college enrollment or military enlistment process completely and are set to pursue higher aspirations in the fall after high school graduation.  We have 100 students in the Class of 2017 who have already completed the college enrollment process.  These students will attend schools ranging from Rowan College at Gloucester County and Camden County College to Auburn University and Rutgers University.  To date, one of our soon-to-be graduates has officially completed the military enlistment process.  He will leave for United States Marines Boot Camp at Parris Island, South Carolina in July.  Again, the percentage of graduates from the Class of 2017 who have achieved and secured bright plans for their future is extremely impressive.

This year's seniors have also led GHS to new heights in both AP participation and performance.  Our recognition by the College Board on their "AP District Honor Roll" as one of the 433 school districts across the United States and Canada was led by the Class of 2017.  78% of last spring's passing AP scores came from students in the Class of 2017!  Collectively, they have taken 155 AP classes & tests throughout their Junior & Senior years.  The Class of 2017 has raised the expectation amongst our student body and school community to embrace the challenges set by these most demanding of high school courses offered nationally in order to best prepare for collegiate success.

The level of success achieved by the Class of 2017 is unprecedented in numerous ways without even mentioning their wonderful presence in our building, service and community activities, musical achievements, and extra-curricular contributions.  If you have the opportunity to stop out to our beautiful Commencement ceremony on June 19th, honoring both this special class and the traditions of all graduating classes before them, know that you are in the presence of truly one of "the greatest of all time."