WEST POINT, Miss. (WTVA) — Graduating from high school can be rather challenging for some students.
Besides dealing with a number of pressures, students need to pass four multiple choice tests which serve as exit exams.
A program called Boot Camp is helping students at West Point High School graduate.
Boot Camp is 100 percent academics where students get a two-day crash course in subjects they need to study.
"The entire purpose of Boot Camp is to provide the students with information and test taking skills they need in order to pass these tests to graduate," added Jennifer Maness, academic interventionist.
Even though every student doesn't pass the state test the first time around or after the first time they went through Boot Camp, one of the advantages that educators at West Point High School noticed was that the program helped all the students in grades 10 through 12 improve their test scores.
"We had almost a 50 percent pass rate in two subject areas, but 70 percent of the students that took the test and went through Boot Camp in September showed growth, so they at least improved even if they didn't pass it yet," said Maness.
"Last September, we had 24 percent passing. This September, we have 48 percent passing, so we doubled our passing rate on the retest just with having the Boot Camp in place," added Sam Williams, assistant principal.
The school's administration says the feedback from students who go through Boot Camp has been positive.
The next Boot Camp will be scheduled for May.