Oct 25, 2013 4:25 PM by April Hansen, KSBY

Righetti receives state grant to partner with local universities

A high school in Santa Maria is partnering with local colleges and universities with the help of a state grant to better prepare students for higher education.

Lisa Malins is a senior at Righetti High School and hopes she's ready for college level learning.

"It's going to be faster paced and a lot harder and there are less classes, but more intense," said Malins.

A state grant could help smooth the transition.

"The biggest expectation out of us is to build a seamless transition to college and career readiness for our students," said Righetti Principal Steve Molina.

Righetti is one of ten districts in the state that received an $80,000 grant from California's Academic Partnership Program.

Its purpose is to align high school and college curriculum.

"This is a window of opportunity for us," said Principal Molina.

The school has partnered with Allan Hancock College, Cal Poly and UCSB.

Principal Molina says instead of taking college placement tests for subjects like math and English, the colleges will take the students' high school scores.

"Our kids would sometimes do really well with our classes and take the placement test and not do so well and put them back a year," said Principal Molina.

He says high school-college partnerships are happening across the state.

"Those kids at Long Beach Unified have built relationships with Long Beach City College and Long Beach State," said Principal Molina.

Principal Molina says it will take time to build those relationships, but he says it will better prepare students for their next level of education.

Principal Molina says part of the state funding will also go towards training more teachers for the requirements set by the Common Core Standards.



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