The HiSet (High School Equivalency Test) is comprised of five separate subject tests: reading, writing, science, social studies, and math. Students in the Ascension Parish Pathways Program are working on these skill areas.

The Ascension Fund granted APPLe Digital Academy teacher Mary Andermann with funds needed to purchase HiSet Academy. HiSet Academy is an online program that targets student weaknesses and helps them retain more of what they learn in order to pass the HiSet (formerly GED).

The HiSet (High School Equivalency Test) is comprised of five separate subject tests: reading, writing, science, social studies, and math. Students in the Ascension Parish Pathways Program are working on these skill areas. Mrs. Andermann was able to implement the program with 16 of her students this year. Students have a personalized study plan that has been determined by a diagnostic test. They can work at their own pace or just work on one of the subject areas at a time. Students have responded well to the program. According to one student, the program “makes it easy to track your progress and see how you are doing throughout the lesson.” Five students enrolled in the program have passed the HiSet to date, with five more ready to test in the next two months.

Funds for this grant were provided by Buddy and Martha Wells through the Ascension Fund. The Ascension Fund is a non-profit organization established in 1991 by the Gonzales Rotary Club as an instrument for private sector leaders to invest directly in the work of individual teachers and schools through grants for innovative ideas and programs in Ascension Parish public schools. Teacher Grants of $500 or $1,000 and School Impact Grants of $2,500 are awarded on an annual competitive basis. To date, the Ascension Fund has awarded approximately 1,200 grants representing over $1.4 million dollars in the school system. For more information, visit www.ascensionfund.com.

Contributed by Mary Andermann