Through a continued partnership with Louisiana GEAR UP, East Feliciana High School is working with the class of 2015 to improve students’ chances of success at the college level.

Jon Loveall, spokesman for the school, said that as of Oct. 10, 95 percent of the senior class had applied to at least one college or university.

He credits the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs with the high application rate.

The school partnered with Louisiana GEAR UP to host a kickoff celebration at the beginning of the school year.

“The purpose of this event was to ensure that seniors came into the year with a game plan to succeed in the college application process,” Loveall said.

EFHS continued the college push on Oct. 21, when it hosted a college application night with parents.

The school also is organizing campus trips based on students’ interest in colleges and universities across Louisiana, including an initial trip to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

The efforts have extended to the classroom.

All 12th-grade students took an ACT pretest at the beginning of the year, and their growth will be monitored throughout the year to ensure all students reach the level of college readiness, school leaders said.

English IV teacher Kristen Smith is infusing a collegiate culture in her classroom. Students are building technology and writing skills by researching and applying for scholarships and completing projects on tuition costs.

“Our EFHS seniors are motivated and ready to move beyond high school,” Smith said. “They are becoming active and engaged citizens who will represent East Feliciana High School at high levels.”

Fifty percent of the senior class is duel-enrolled at Southern University.

They are taking college algebra and English classes in an online program that will allow them to earn six college credits before leaving high school.

To learn more about East Feliciana public school college and career programs, visit efschools.net.