In its sixth year, the Falcon Academy is a dual credit program at Hickman County High School that provides the opportunity for juniors and seniors to earn college credit while still in high school.
Students may choose from 35 courses offered through Western Kentucky Community and Technical College and Murray State University. Students also may earn credits toward industry certification through the Fulton County Area Technology Center.
The academic expectations for student achievement in this program are high and students need a certain level of individual motivation to participate. All courses are rigorous and taught by qualified personnel. In addition, students are required to take an exit exam upon completing the course.
District leaders credit the program with increasing student engagement in school and providing students who might not otherwise be able to afford college, the opportunity to get a head start on earning college credit at no cost to the student.
Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt recently visited Hickman County and talked with some of the participants of Falcon Academy about dual credit and their plans for the future.
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