Principal's Message

Campus Principal
Michelle Kearns

Dear Parents and Guardians,


As part of the 2019-20 educational school year, the State of Ohio mandates all 11th-grade students across the state to take either the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Test (ACT) on one of three specified dates. Akron Public Schools have chosen to administer the ACT to our students on Tuesday, February 25, 2020. This date will be the last opportunity for our students to take a free ACT provided by the state. Successful scoring on this test will result in our students meeting graduation requirements, enrolling in college-level courses during their senior year (College Credit Plus) and moving one step closer to post-high school planning.  

Due to the importance of this test, we are going to great lengths to create a testing environment that is optimal for student success.  Please note that our primary goal for all our 11th-grade students is to complete the ACT in a quiet, distraction-free environment. As a result, 9th, 10th and 12th graders will not report to school on Tuesday, February 25, 2020.  Only juniors and identified students will be permitted to attend school; these students will receive written letters, all-call phone messages, and other reminders during the upcoming weeks leading to the assessment.  

College Credit Plus students in grades 9, 10, and 12 must attend college classes.  College Credit Plus students in 11th grade must communicate with their professor(s) that they will be taking the ACT on Tuesday, February 25, 2020.  The district will provide students with a letter to share with their professor(s). ACT guidelines require us to ensure that all testing rooms are free from distractions and variations. This means we will have synchronized start times.  The official ACT will begin no later than 9:00 a.m. Our building will open at 7:40 a.m. to accommodate breakfast with registration beginning at 8:05 a.m.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020, at a Glance


Grade Level



9th and 10th

Complete the English and Reading Practice ACT assignments at home and submit them in order to receive attendance credit for Tuesday, February 25, 2020.

Students will complete this assignment online. If students cannot access Wi-Fi, they will report to the Public Library or their school for assistance. Directions will be given prior to 2/25/20. Completing assignments and good attendance are just two of the requirements to attend extracurricular events, such as assemblies, school dances, and other school related events.


Report to School to Complete the State Mandated ACT College Entrance Exam on Tuesday, February 25, 2020

7:30—8:05 a.m. Breakfast

8:05 a.m. Registration

ACT Test 9:00 a.m.—12:30 p.m.

12:30—1:00 p.m. Lunch/Dismissal


Participate in one of the following:

College Visit

Senior Project

Community Service Hours


Students will submit a letter indicating which of the options they will be doing on Tuesday, February 25, 2020. A parent/guardian signature is required on the form for attendance validation.

Should you have any further questions about this day, please contact your child’s Academy Principal at 330-761-2770.

Michelle Marquess-Kearns
Building Principal




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