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Asheville City Schools is pleased to announce that the School of Inquiry and Life Sciences at Asheville (SILSA) is one of just 1,838 schools nationwide to receive a College Success Award from The annual recognition celebrates public high schools that excel at preparing students to enroll in and succeed at college, which is something Principal Nicole Cush says is her top priority and “reflects all the hard work SILSA has been doing.”
“My number one focus is making sure each and every student graduates,” said Cush “Supporting our seniors and our teachers is my passion because it takes a village.”
In addition, SILSA is among 81 North Carolina public high schools to win the inaugural College Success Award - Gold. The elevated level of distinction recognizes SILSA’s multi-year track record of college success.
During the 2020-2021 school year, 92% of SILSA students took at least one AP exam. And the Class of 2020’s graduation rate, which is the last to be officially released from the state, was 98%.
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