Next Steps for Graceland International School
The AEP Board met with Bishop John on Saturday, September 24, for a full day retreat. Board members from Akron, Ohio joined us. Angela Dimezza and Paul Frank made the trip east to spend time in discussion and planning during a wonderful day of conversation and sharing.
The next steps for Graceland International School were clearly outlined:
1. Finish the administration offices and computer lab on the first floor of the examination hall.
2. Complete the wall around the remaining property to ensure security and that encroachment does not happen.
3. Provide a well for a constant supply of clean water.
4. AEP has recently begun working with a grant writer in the hopes of securing funds for the large remaining capital projects. Members are working to provide the grant writer with the necessary background information that will form the foundation for the requests to different groups.
Excellent WAEC Exam Results!
At the end of April, 12th grade students sat for the West Africa Education Council (WAEC) exams. These are the equivalent of our SAT College Board exams and are used to gain entrance into a university for further study. All of the students passed, some with distinction! This sets a high standard and has earned Graceland a reputation state-wide as a “tough” school. Enrollment has been steady, helping the school to recover from the decimation as students and families left the area in anticipation of conflict after the 2015 presidential elections.
We hope to track these exam cores in future years to help drive instruction and help teachers and administrators improve instruction and student preparedness. While it is just our first set of data, we are now in a position to easily determine in which courses our students are struggling and in which courses they excel.
Over time, we will be positioned to layer-in each year's performance to identify emerging trends from class to class.
The numeric values range from 1 (excellent) to 9 (fail). Scores from 1 to 3 are in the good to excellent range and what we most want to see. Scores from 4 to 6 are acceptable with the student receiving credit on the exam. Scores from 7 to 8 receive a pass; a score of 9 is a fail rating.