LHS Students Graduate from Early College Academy Program

Photo from left to right:  Thomas Wilson, Britney Thomas, Mears Pollard, Alexis Pacheco, Kaeli McGrath, Austin McCarty, Zachary Kane, Roman Cutler

Photo from left to right: Thomas Wilson, Britney Thomas, Mears Pollard, Alexis Pacheco, Kaeli McGrath, Austin McCarty, Zachary Kane, Roman Cutler

On Friday, May 10, 2019, eight of Lancaster High School’s seniors graduated from Rappahannock Community College (RCC) with their Associate degree of Arts & Sciences, one month prior to their high school graduation.  “On behalf of Lancaster County Public Schools (LCPS), I would like to congratulate you all for this amazing accomplishment.  We are so very proud of you,” said Tara Booth, who oversees the Early College Academy program for LCPS.  Roman Cutler and Austin McCarty were both recognized for graduating with highest honor, summa cum laude

The Early College Academy is a public-private partnership between Lancaster County Public Schools and four local non-profit organizations, including the Wiley Foundation, the Cole Charitable Trust, the Verlander Foundation, and Campbell Memorial Presbyterian Church’s Agape Fund.  Tara Booth stated that we are lucky to live in such a generous community and she would like to publicly thank the four foundations who have financially supported this program. The Academy began with the 2017-2018 school year and recently completed its second year of successful operations. The Academy enables LHS juniors and seniors to enroll in college courses at Rappahannock Community College (RCC) and gain both high school and college credits at no cost to their families.  This is particularly important since more than 60 percent of LHS students are from economically disadvantaged families who may find it difficult to afford a college education for their children. (Tara Booth, LCPS)