Pleasantville High School graduation

Pleasantville High School graduation Tuesday June 20, 2017. (The Press of Atlantic City / Edward Lea Staff Photographer)

PLEASANTVILLE — Joining a growing list of school districts in the region, Pleasantville next year will offer high school students a chance at graduating with a college degree.

At its April meeting, the Board of Education authorized the concurrent enrollment program Early College, through the George Washington Carver Foundation.

Superintendent Clarence Alston said at the meeting that the program will help students get into a specialized track in middle school and follow the program through high school.

“That means we have to have high expectations for our students,” he told the board and those in attendance, adding they must also have high expectations for themselves.

The program in partnership with the foundation, founded by former Atlantic City and Pleasantville teacher Jerome Taylor, allows students to earn an associate degree while simultaneously attending high school.

According to the resolution approved by the Pleasantville school board, the program will cost about $30,000.

A dedicated page has been set up on the high school website detailing the three different tracks available to students: teaching, STEM, and digital design and performing arts.

Applicants for the program will be entered into a lottery. The final selection of eligible students will be this week.

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Staff Writer

I began covering South Jersey in 2008 after graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism. I joined The Press in 2015. In 2013, I was awarded a NJPA award for feature writing as a reporter for The Current of Hamilton Township.

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