YUHSD’s percentage of college attendees is above average in the state.

Yuma Union High School District’s Class of 2014 sits in the top 16 percent of the state when it comes to students attending college. These numbers from the National Student Clearinghouse and the Arizona Department of Education have put San Luis High School ranking higher than the rest.

YUHSD Associate Superintendent James Sheldahl said the community’s support of its students is the reason so many are choosing to attend college.

Sheldahl said, “Through Ready Now Yuma every student takes the Cambridge curriculum in 9th and 10th grade, so that’s a rigorous curriculum that is tied to the Arizona college and readiness standard. They are challenged in the classroom and taught at a higher level.” Ready Now Yuma is an initiative to help all students are prepared, supported and ready for college and career.

Sheldahl says there was a record number of students leaving the Cambridge program with the desire to take advanced placement classes.

A report by the Arizona Board of Regents focuses on graduating class of 2014 from 488 high schools across the state. All five of YUHSD’s comprehensive schools landed in the top 80.

Sheldahl said, “It’s giving them reason to believe they should attend post secondary school and get a college degree.”

Sheldahl said, “What sets us apart is the equity piece every student deserves access to a high quality curriculum. One of our objectives of Ready Now Yuma is to build a college going culture.”

60 percent of students from Yuma high school are attending college, where Kofa is about average at 61 percent, Cibola and Gila Ridge high school 64 percent and San Luis High School 70 percent.


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