Honoring High Achievers

Author: Helios Education Foundation

December 10, 2015

Recently, Arizona State University (ASU) and Helios Education Foundation recognized high achieving high school students at a special event hosted by ASU’s Barrett Honors College.  Called Helios High Achievers, these students scored a 26 or higher and attend one of Helios’ ACT partner districts.  The event provided an opportunity for these students and their families to learn more about admission to ASU and Barrett.

Most of the students who attended took the exam as part of Helios’ ACT Initiative.  This initiative provides the college admissions exam to every junior throughout the state in one of 19 partner school districts.  The partner districts represent low-income, minority and rural student populations. 

Last year, more than 19,000 students took the exam as part of this initiative.  Helios’ investment in the ACT Initiative is part of the Foundation’s broader effort to ensure more high school graduates pursue and complete a postsecondary degree.  By increasing access to the ACT, Helios and the school districts are fostering college-going conversations with more students and providing valuable data to education leaders, school officials, parents and students on the academic preparedness of students to pursue postsecondary education.

The Helios High Achievers placed in the 83rd percentile nationally for all students who took the ACT last year.  The score is also an indication that they are ready for college level work and have a bright future ahead of them.  Helios is committed to supporting students like this, as they embark on their postsecondary education journey.   

Category: Postsecondary Success

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