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Bus Helps Keep FCAT Scores Rolling!

An FCAT tutoring session at Keystone Heights

Get on the bus — the FCAT Tutoring Bus, that is! Students at Keystone Heights Junior/Senior High School in Clay County can attend after-school FCAT tutoring sessions without worrying about how they'll get home. Since the rural 7th through 12th grade school began offering limited bus service after tutoring sessions, student attendance has soared!

The school offers six weeks of FCAT tutoring prior to the test. Eleven teachers lead the sessions. Math tutoring is offered on Monday and Tuesday afternoons; Wednesday and Thursday are reserved for reading tutoring.

"We have been holding these FCAT prep sessions for the past three years, and averaging around 30 students per day," said Principal Susan Sailor. "Since we added the bus service, our tutoring attendance has climbed to over 100 students per day." Sailor said that after taking a student count the first day, she and the teachers were worried about how to get all of the students home on one bus. "That's a great problem to have," said Sailor.

The tutoring program at Keystone Heights is funded through school recognition money and a helping hand from the county's Exceptional Student Education department. Students are treated to a snack, courtesy of the local Rotary Club, to help them through the afternoon slump. Parents are made aware of the program through notes sent home with students and articles in the local newspaper.

Keystone Heights attributes a large part of its success in maintaining an "A" school grade to its after-school tutoring program. For more information on Keystone Heights, visit