This is Gainesville High School’s second year in a row to win the Texas ACT Council College Readiness Award. Pictured are GHS counselors Anna Wiles, left, and Rachel Strait.

Gainesville High School recently received the “College Readiness Award” from the Texas ACT Council for increasing the number of students taking the ACT Assessment over the past five years, and for significantly increasing their level of achievement and college readiness.  

This is Gainesville High School’s second year in a row to receive the award. The Texas ACT Council is comprised of secondary and postsecondary schools and colleges.  ACT, Inc. is the nonprofit organization that provides areas of education and workforce development and the publisher of the ACT Assessment, the college admissions test that is used and accepted by all colleges nationwide and throughout Texas.

“The Texas ACT Council wanted to recognize those Texas high schools that have made significant strides in increasing the college and career readiness of their graduates as demonstrated by their ACT score increases over the past five years,” said Karen L. Pennell, assistant vice-president and ACT southwest regional manager. “This can only happen as a result of the high school’s faculty and staff efforts and the dedication of Gainesville High School students and parents to focus on college and career readiness and raise the level of academic readiness for all students.”

Only the top 9 percent of all Texas high schools were recognized for this award.  

“This is just a testament to how hard our counselors and faculty have been working to prepare our students for that next step,” said David Glancy, Gainesville High School principal.


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