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Fitchburg State, Fitchburg High sign Honors Compact

Posted 10/16/13

School officials at a meetingFitchburg State University and the Fitchburg Public Schools have signed an Honors Compact that will give students enrolled at Fitchburg High School’s Honors Academy priority admission to the University as well as access to university facilities and scholarships.

The compact was endorsed this month by the Fitchburg School Committee.

“This Honors Compact is a great opportunity to give high-achieving Fitchburg High School students a valuable head start on higher education,” said Fitchburg State University President Robert V. Antonucci. “We are thrilled at this chance to open more doors of access to students from our own community.”

“Of the many partnerships that I have collaborated on with President Antonucci, this is probably one of the finest,” said Fitchburg Public Schools Superintendent Andre Ravenelle. “While providing an incredible, unique opportunity for Fitchburg High School students, it raises the bar of student expectation and achievement at FHS. It also provides academic rigor and financial aid to students as they enter Fitchburg State. The enthusiasm with which the planning for this partnership was received at Fitchburg State and Fitchburg High is testimony to the core focus of our two institutions on serving the needs of students.”

“The Fitchburg State University and Fitchburg High School Honors Academy Compact is a tremendous example of two schools working together to help students find success,” said Fitchburg High School Principal Jeremy Roche. “The partnership is a vote of confidence in the unlimited potential of the students who are representing Fitchburg High School’s Honors Academy. As a school steeped in tradition and history, FHS is thrilled to be a part of this innovative and unprecedented collaboration that will help current and future students pursue their own pathways to success.”

Fitchburg High School launched its Honors Academy this fall with more than 50 freshmen students who were selected for admission based on criteria including grades and standardized test scores. Honors Academy students pursue a rigorous program of study.

Under terms of the Honors Compact between the University and the public schools, students who successfully complete the Honors Academy will receive:

  • The opportunity to apply to Fitchburg State University under Early Action
  • An on-site decision day specific to the Honors Academy
  • University credit for each Advanced Placement exam score of 3 or higher

Students who complete their admission application by the priority deadline of Jan. 1 will receive the following:

  • Guaranteed admission to the University
  • Guaranteed admission to their preferred major if they minimum admission standards to that program
  • In addition, students who meet the University’s Honors Program admission requirements will also receive:
  • Guaranteed admission to the Honors Program
  • A $2,000 annual scholarship, renewable annually if the student maintains a minimum 3.3 grade point average and continues to participate in the Honors Program

While enrolled in the Honors Academy, students will have access to the following university resources:

  • Use of the library’s collections and study areas
  • Access to cultural activities including CenterStage events at discounted prices
  • Access to special lectures
  • Access to events related to the University’s Common Community Read program
  • Interaction with the University’s Honors Program, including service learning opportunities
  • College planning and advising, including topics such as the college search and admissions process, essay writing, searching for scholarships, seeking financial aid, one-on-one assistance with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, and post-award counseling
  • A specialized Fitchburg State tour, including meeting with the Honors Program faculty advisor
  • Communications via direct mail and email regarding cultural, educational and open house events

Fitchburg High School Honors Academy juniors and seniors will also have access to the University’s dual enrollment courses, offered at Fitchburg High and on the University campus. University offerings include summer courses as well as those traditionally offered in the fall and spring semesters. All successfully completed dual enrollment courses will be accepted for university credit at the time of admission.

The compact will be evaluated annually to insure a mutually effective agreement.

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