A Note to Parents

I look at my job this way:  I have one purpose at my place of employment – to get your child into college.  Sometimes that involves kicking and screaming, but I take my responsibility very seriously. 

According to the US Census Bureau, the average annual salary of a high school graduate was $27,915 while the average for an individual with a bachelor’s degree was $51,206.  From an economic standpoint, it only makes sense for someone to attend college.  However, despite 52% of Americans going to college after high school (and the majority of the students from Central High School are included in this group), only 27.7% have attained a bachelor’s degree. This highlights a simple truth: college is hard - much harder than many of my students anticipate it to be.

In particular, the amount of reading and writing in college is staggering. If students do not prepare themselves for the onslaught of work, then they will quickly fall behind in their studies. My curriculum is based on preparing my students for college reading and writing. I place great emphasis on analytical writing. This will help them understand the format and structure of MLA writing. Much of this web site will be designed as a resource for these papers. Not all of my students are thrilled when I assign them these papers. They would rather write personal pieces and short stories, papers that they find more familiar. While I do include such papers in my curriculum, I place a heavier emphasis on analytical because, for the most part, they will not write expressive papers in college.

I have two children of my own, and like you I have the highest hopes for them. I want them to enjoy success in life, and not face the struggles that I had to deal with. I also want this for your child. My students are wonderful, beautiful individuals, and they all deserve the best they can attain. As long as they don't give up on themselves, I promise not to give up on my students.

Please feel free to email me with any concerns or questions that you have. I do enjoy hearing from parents. My email is jim.gilbert@jefferson.kyschools.us. Thank you and God bless.