Parents and students can spend hundreds of dollars taking the latest classes to help improve scores on college prep tests. But a relatively new program gives Rockford Public School students that same advantage for less than the cost of an oil change.
"For 20 bucks students can come here to Guilford, they can get an 8 week ACT prep class, their books and lunch. Plus if they complete half of the courses they get this 20 bucks, back," says Alexandra Malenchik.
For students like Alexandra Malenchik it seemed like a small investment for her dream.
"I want to be an elementary school teacher," says Alexandra.
The Guilford High School junior already has her eye on some of the colleges in Iowa. She is one of 400 students signed up for the ACT prep classes being offered this weekend.
Auburn High School principal Devon Larosa says the program doesn't just help students like Alexandra who are thinking about a four year college.
"The goal would be you would have a high enough ACT score that would exempt you from taking remedial classes which I believe at Rock Valley is a 19. If you are coming in with a 16 or 17 or 18 at Rock Valley you are most likely taking a remedial math or a remedial English class or reading class," says Larosa.
Not taking those classes would mean saving money. And that's also what Alexandra is thinking about with her ACT score. She says the schools she is looking at require at least a 27 on her ACT to get scholarship money. That's motivating her to give up her Saturday's for 8 weeks.
"I'm taking the science because it's not my strongest. So I thought I'd strengthen my weakest," says Alexandra.
The ACT prep classes start this Saturday. It includes Famous Dave's lunch everyday. Plus there will be an activity bus running for students who need transportation. Parents should talk to counselors at their children's school about signing up.
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