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Two Iredell-Statesville Schools high schools have been recognized for providing exemplary academic programs by GreatSchools.org.

Collaborative College of Technology and Learning (CCTL) and South Iredell High School (SIHS) have received a GreatSchools.org’s 2020 College Success Award.

The College Success Award recognizes and celebrates high schools that demonstrate excellence in ensuring students are prepared to succeed in college and ultimately careers.

“We applaud the hard work of the CCTL and SIHS communities—including our students, parents, teachers, and others that aspire to help our students succeed in college and beyond,” Superintendent Jeff James said.

CCTL and SIHS are among the 2,158 schools in 29 states across the country to be honored with this award, which is based on data indicating how schools prepare students to succeed after high school, including whether they enroll in college, are ready for college-level coursework when they get there, and persist into their second year.

“We are extremely excited to be recognized by the GreatSchools.org as one of the 2020 College Success Awards winners. We have great pride in our school and the community we serve,” SIHS Principal Tim Ivey said. “One of our primary goals is to prepare each Viking for life after high school and this award is just one indicator that the hard work and dedication of our students and staff is paying off. Way to go Vikings!”

CCTL Principal Teri Hutchens is equally honored by the recognition for her school.

“Our ‘Great School’ ranking is earned through the hard work of our students. The recognition is based on metrics including our high school graduation rate, ACT performance, college/university enrollment within one year, return to college/university in year two, and required college/university remedial courses.”


See the list of schools that won in our state and learn more about the award and the promising practices from other Award-winning schools at https://www.greatschools.org/gk/csa-winners/.

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