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Broken Arrow freshmen, sophomores score high on PSAT exam

More than 100 Broken Arrow Public Schools freshmen and sophomore students recently took to the PSAT exam with amazing results, including 70% of the students showing growth in evidenced-based reading/writing scores, with a total score of 510 or greater in nearly 50 of those students.

“I’m very proud of the work of our teachers and students,” said Dr. Kim Garrett, BAPS Director of High School Academics. “At Early College High School, our teachers are vertically aligning 9th and 10th grade curriculum with freshman level college courses and providing the needed support for high-level learning so that our students can begin their associate’s degree in 11th grade. Our students’ PSAT scores are evidence that they are learning what they need to be prepared for college at an early age!”

Of the 105 total test takers, 45 of them qualified for admissions to Tulsa Community College with their high score, with more than half of those being freshmen. Further, 21 of the students qualified for admissions to math classes at TCC, with nine of those again being freshmen—a difficult feat for such young students.

Student Draven Munroe is one of the students who qualified for entry into TCC with his incredible score. In addition to this, he has also attended the National Youth Leadership Forum, the National Youth Leadership Forum and has been invited to the 2021 Congress of Future Medial Leaders program.

“Draven leads himself without needing to be pushed,” said Natalie Humble, Munroe’s mother. “Broken Arrow Public Schools has been an incredible support system for Draven, along with a very proud family. There’s no doubt that these factor into his drive for success.”

Another student, Brian Oliver, is also eligible to enroll in TCC after his score was published. His father, also named Brian, said his son’s learning began with reading Garfield and Heathcliff books as a kid, and expanded to a variety of topics, including engineering, math and space.

“Brian has never been afraid to ask questions, always wanting to grow his knowledge,” Brian senior said. “Brian is very excited about the possibility of being able to get his associate’s degree while still in high school. He knows that by gaining his degree, he will be able to get the college basics out of the way, allowing him to focus more on the courses that will help him get his bachelor’s degree.”

For more information about the Early College High School program at BAPS, visit www.baschools.org/echs, or email EarlyCollegeHighSchool@baschools.org.