Welcome to Somerset Prep North Lauderdale, “Home of the Hurricanes.” It is an absolute honor and privilege to be the principal of a school where the goal is for each child to develop to his/her full potential. Our theme this year is “Level Up…Playing the Learning Game”.
In selecting a new
theme each school year, our underlying goal remains the same: to achieve
excellence in all areas of performance and competition. Having such a goal
allows us to propel forward despite limitations set in our way. We understand
that each child is different and therefore learns differently. To satisfy this
need, our curriculum and classroom instruction is structured in such a way that
our advanced students are rigorously challenged, our struggling students are
receiving remedial support, and those who are on grade level are receiving
enrichment by maximizing the use of stimulating resources.
For the 2019-2020 school year, we
encourage our students and faculty alike that “To succeed in your mission, you
must have a single-minded devotion to your goal.” A.P. J. Abdul Kalam.
Throughout the years that I have
been the Principal of Somerset Prep North Lauderdale, we have continued to
excel to greater heights and show vast improvements in every academic
area. For the 2018-2019 school year, our
K-8 students’ performance was outstanding achieving a “B”, and our high school,
earning a “C” but only 6 points from obtaining a B. This shows an exceptional increase from the
previous year. In addition, another great accomplishment is our
graduation rate was 98% with 80% of them having post-secondary education plans.
I could not be prouder of these results. It indicates that all of
your efforts are paying off. Let’s celebrate this achievement with
triumph and expectancy! We are
determined to accomplish our goal by attaining an “A” in both schools.
A commitment to excellence in our
academic endeavors is not the sole reason we are an amazing school; it is our
commitment to the development of the whole child, cognitively, physically and
socially. With that being said, our students have the opportunity to
participate in various clubs and sporting events throughout the year as well.
It is amazing to see how our student athletes take the same determination from
the courts which transcends to their academics. Determination is a key
ingredient in achieving academic excellence.
Another important component required to achieve excellence, is parental involvement. We have seen a steady improvement in the willingness of parents and family members to get involved in various school activities at our campus, but there is still room for further improvement. Research shows that when parents are actively involved in their child’s education the following findings are evident:
1. Higher grades, test scores, and graduation rates
2. Better school attendance
3. Increased motivation, better self-esteem
Parents, we are eager to see just how much we can achieve with your continued partnership this school year as we venture on our journey to academic excellence.
Donyale Ferguson McGhee