Mia Howard, Founder and Executive Director
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 3, 2015
INTREPID COLLEGE PREP NAMED A TENNESSEE REWARD SCHOOL FOR PROGRESS
Intrepid sixth graders place #1 in Math Achievement and Math Growth in MNPS
August 3, 2015. Antioch, TN. The Tennessee Department of Education announced today that Intrepid College Preparatory Charter School was named a Tennessee Reward School for Progress, placing it in the top 5% of public school state-wide. Eligible schools may only be considered after their second year of operation, making Intrepid College Prep a Reward School in the first year it was eligible for consideration following the school’s launch in 2013.
All Intrepid College Prep students, 52% of whom are Latino, and 83% of whom are low-income, surpassed their local and state peers at each grade level on the English Language Arts, Math, and Science TCAP exams. Intrepid College Prep sixth graders earned an overall 82% Advanced/Proficient rate on the Science exam and 73% Advanced/Proficient rate on the Math exam.
“Intrepid College Prep was founded to close the achievement gap that exists between low-income, minority students and their wealthier, Caucasian peers. Our 2015 TCAP results reflect what is possible when prepsters, families, teachers, and team unite to achieve this goal,” said Mia Howard, Intrepid College Prep’s Executive Director.
Intrepid College Prep is one of two public, charter middle schools in the Hickory Hollow area of Antioch. Intrepid College Pre is the only Antioch-area charter school to be recognized as a Tennessee Reward School in 2015. During the 2014-2015 school year, the school served 184 students; 80% lived in Antioch; 20% were from South Nashville and surrounding communities. Prepsters are admitted through an open lottery system and commit to an extended school day (nearly eight hours) and extended school year.
The sixth grade’s first-in-district performance on the 2015 Math TCAP examination and second-in-district performance in ELA for open-enrollment schools, reflects Intrepid College Prep’s strong academic foundation, as well as the school’s focus on continual progress.
Intrepid College Prep currently serves nearly 300 students in fifth, sixth, and seventh grades. Intrepid College Prep will expand to eighth grade in the 2016-2017 school year. Intrepid College Prep will add a high school in the following year.