A giant leap for student achievement

Contributing Writer: Andrea Lopez | Images: CCN

In Virginia $78 million a year is spent on students who fail between kindergarten and third grade. Dr. Catherine Magouyrk, Superintendent, Manassas City Public Schools (MCPS), is making progressive changes to ensure that students are prepared for kindergarten.

This can be difficult. It is estimated that 60-90 percent of elementary school students are going to be learning English as a second language.

Dr. Magouyrk is working towards implementing a new program for businesses, community members and parents to work together to prepare students. She also has a plan to assist students to qualify for pre-Kindergarten (pre-K) program.

This will be possible because there will be three different types of pre-K programs. One will be the traditional elementary school program, second will be the full day program, and the third will be the technology-based program using the software Footsteps-2-Brilliance. It’s an advanced program where students will be able to work from anywhere with their parents and teachers through the software.

Dr. Magouyrk is excited for this new program and says she does not want to let any of the families or children down. This is one of the many things that MCPS is doing to better prepare students for success.


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