Woodbury Junior-Senior High School has been named the recipient of a national award for improving its academic environment and helping students achieve equitable access to higher education,
The school was one of three high schools to win Gaston Caperton Inspiration Awards, which carry $25,000 prizes, the College Board announced Tuesday. The other winners were Fort Lauderdale High School in Florida and Johnny G. Economedes High School in Edinburg, Texas. Six schools were awarded honorable mentions worth $1,000 each.
At Woodbury, where nearly 60 percent of the student body receives free or reduced-price lunches, 70 percent of the Class of 2011 was enrolled in Advanced Placement or honors classes, and 50 percent of the seniors took at least one Advanced Placement exam. Ninety-five percent graduated and 89 percent were accepted into college, according to the College Board.