OKLAHOMA CITY — A metro high school received some help today in the way of big money.
U.S. Grant High is a school on the road to success. They were awarded more than $400,000.
Just three years ago the school had a high dropout rate and failed to meet student testing standards.
Now, after going under a reform plan, the school is forging a new reputation of having high academic standards.
The proof is that this year Grant’s A through F grade jumped from a “C” in 2012 to earning a “B” plus this school year.
Now the money will be used to help the school continue on its path to “making the grade.”
“This is a great opportunity for our kids to be able to improve their college and career readiness and really get a better education,” said Principal of U.S. Grant High School, Clay Vinyard.
Adding more AP classes is possible because of two $225,000.00 grants given by the Oklahoma State Department of Education and Boeing, one of the world’s leading aerospace companies.
“We heard the story about the turnaround at U.S. Grant, we got really inspired and said this is the right place to begin,” said Boeing Representative Steve Goo.
Steve Goo with Boeing in Oklahoma City says they employ around 1,800 people.
He says around half of their workforce will be able to retire over the next five years.
“Those are a lot of people that we’re going to need to hire to come in and replace those that are going to be moving onto the retirement phase of their life,” Goo says.
The company focuses on hiring locally.
This grant will help train those students interested in science, technology, engineering and math careers.
“When those jobs open up, we’re going to have to take them up and it will depend on us,” said Cruz.
It’s a tough program that could make a bright future.
By adding more AP classes, schools are given extra credit on the state-wide A through F report cards.
School officials at U.S. Grant are hoping this will help them get an “A” grade next year.