College Savings Plan at NMHS makes College Affordable
It almost sounds too good to be true – you save one dollar and the “Matched College Savings Plan” will match it with five dollars! But for North Marion students who qualify, that is exactly what happens.
The Matched College Savings Plan (MCSP) allows participants to save for college now and have their savings matched at $5 to every $1 they save. The maximum amount of savings MCSP will match is $1600. At a 5 to 1 rate, that makes the total match amount they contribute $8000. This means your initial $1,600 of investment turns into a grand total of $9,600 for college tuition – Wow!
To qualify, participants must meet income eligibility. Please refer to the High School Counseling web page for more detailed information or call Colleen Young, IDA Specialist, at 503-678-7125. If you qualify there will be an informational meeting in mid-October (date announced soon) and we would love to see you there!
North Marion High School is fortunate to have a partnership with CASA of Oregon and the Matched College Savings Plan. This partnership has existed since 2013 and currently there are 27 participants in the program. North Marion can take pride in the level of participation and the desire of our students and their families to take advantage of a cost savings program that can make college more affordable.
ACT Results Show NMHS Students Better Prepared than Peers
Annual ACT scores have just arrived and North Marion High School students have far exceeded the State average in every subject area! The ACT is one of America’s most important college entrance exams and measures student readiness to succeed at college level work. In 2014, North Marion had more students taking the ACT than ever before and their performance was eye-catching.
NMHS average for the ACT was 19 percentage points higher than the state average in College English Composition, 17 points higher in in College Algebra, 22 points higher in College Social Studies and 3 percent higher in College Biology.
Combine these scores with our superlative graduation rate that stands 19 percentage points above the State average and with NMHS’s level 4 State Report Card ranking and you have a convincing argument that few schools prepare students for college and careers better than North Marion.
We are proud of our record of achievement and the opportunities we afford our students. Our students know, and we believe it to be so true, that you can get to anywhere from here. Congratulations to our students and staff on their fine accomplishments.
North Marion School District offers a unique lush rural setting that surrounds our Pre-K through 12th grade campus. Four schools house the total district population of nearly 2,000 students. This creates a unique single-campus setting that allows for meaningful collaboration and unification of curriculum. We are known for our strong technology programs/devices for our students and staff, strong services to special needs students, a first-rate music program and outstanding athletic and extra-curricular programs. Each school's building, athletic and activity fields are in close proximity to one another.