Letters Wakonda students ready for college

To the editor:

It has come to my attention that some people have doubts about whether or not small schools, such as Wakonda, can properly prepare students for college. In our case, I can say that Wakonda students are usually very well prepared.

I base this opinion on reports by the South Dakota Board of Regents that list how many students from each school have to take remedial math or English classes when they enroll at state supported colleges. We've had very few students who've needed to take such courses.

The Board of Regents also publishes grade point averages of college students after their freshman year. Wakonda students have consistently ranked very high on this measure.

A couple of years ago the State Department of Education published four-year averages of Stanford Test scores. These tests were given to all students in grades 4, 8, and 11 across the state. Wakonda students ranked in the top 15 percent of all South Dakota schools on these four-year averages.

What about students who have difficulty in school? Is there help provided for these students after sixth grade?

We have a special education teacher who only works with students in grades 7-12. Many of these students have achieved a level of success to where they no longer need special services.

We've had a very small percentage of students either drop out or flunk out of school over the last 20 years. Being able to make accommodations for individual differences and attempt to play to a student's strengths while, at the same time, working to improve their weaknesses is probably a small school's biggest selling point.

Our students have consistently fared well on any type of measure comparing Wakonda students with state or national averages. Small schools can't guarantee success for every student � no school can do that.

There is always room for improvement, but we're proud of the record we've established in Wakonda over the years, and we'll continually strive to help all of our students find success.

Ron Flynn



Wakonda Public Schools

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