Madawaska high school students earn 51 college credits

MADAWASKA, Maine — Wayne Anderson, principal of Madawaska Middle/High School, recently announced the results of advanced placement courses for students at the high school. Seventeen of Madawaska’s student body have earned a total of 51 credits toward their future college careers. At the current rate of tuition costs, these AP credits would result in a savings to students and parents of $12,750.

“We are very pleased with our students’ success and the support our teachers and faculty provide to our children,” said Anderson.
In addition, Anderson noted that Madawaska Middle/High School takes part in the University of Maine at Fort Kent’s Rural U Program, offering dual enrollment and Early College Maine Aspirations courses to Madawaska’s students. Because Madawaska teachers have the appropriate credentials and have had their course syllabi vetted and approved by the university, MHS teachers are able to teach high school students their regular course work and, at the same time, these students earn early college credits via the dual enrollment option.

Madawaska also participates in UMFK’s Early College Maine Aspirations program, which offers online coursework to students in participating high schools. In the 2015-2016 school year, 36 students participated in dual enrollment courses, five students enrolled in more than one dual enrollment course offered by MHS, and four students participated in four Early College courses for a total of 45 three-credit classes. Successfully completed, these 135 college credits could result in college tuition savings of $33,750.

In 2015, the school was identified by U.S. News and World Reports as being in the top 5 percent of schools nationwide. More recently, school officials say they were notified that the school has been nominated by Newsweek Magazine for America’s Top Middle High School.

For more information, interested individuals should contact Anderson at 728-3371.

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