GEORGETOWN, Ky. – Five Woodford County High School Advanced Placement students will get a jump on college through their enrollment this fall in the Woodford Academy at Georgetown College.

The partnership between Woodford County High and GC is a pilot program that gives qualified students the opportunity to enroll in 200-level (sophomore) liberal arts as well as science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses at Georgetown. The partnership was originally announced in 2013 and scheduled for a fall 2014 launch.

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Seniors Robert Irvin, Austin Bambach, Jordan Walters, Brena Griffin, and Adrian Teegarden with Georgetown College Provost Dr. Rosemary Allen and WCHS Principal Rob Akers

The inaugural Woodford Academy class includes seniors Austin Bambach, Brena Griffin, Robert Irvin, Adrian Teegarden, and Jordan Walters. They will be transported each day from the high school in Versailles to the college campus in Georgetown.

“These students are blazing the trail to Georgetown College and a unique opportunity that even more students will be able to take advantage of in the future,” said Regina Taylor, Guidance Counselor at Woodford County High School. “I appreciate the adventurous spirit of these students to try something different their senior year and lead the way for future generations of students.

I cannot wait to hear about the adventures that they will have in Chemistry, English, Latin, Logic, Psychology, Spanish, Probability & Statistics, and Digital Photography, and that’s just the fall semester!!”

Beginning in 2015, up to 40 AP students from Woodford County High may enroll in the Academy. Each student will be eligible to take 18 credit hours per academic year, or nine hours each semester.

“This innovative agreement with Woodford County Schools makes it possible for extraordinary students to rise to the challenge of college classes while they’re still completing their high school education,” said Rosemary Allen, Ph.D., Provost and Academic Dean at Georgetown College, at the time the partnership was announced.

“Unlike most traditional dual enrollment opportunities, the Academy brings students to campus to integrate fully with college students in higher-level courses. This participation in a college’s intellectual community will give these students an invaluable opportunity to grow their academic qualifications and competitiveness,” Dr. Allen said.

Although Woodford students will register for classes like traditional Tigers, Georgetown students will still have first priority when enrolling in classes. Only a limited number of Woodford students will be admitted so that “traditional Georgetown students can access classes of their choice.”

Formation of the Woodford County Academy at Georgetown College resulted from months of planning and discussion for promoting academic excellence through innovative approaches to fostering student learning.

The partnership agreement initially runs through June, 2018.