The Boston Scholar Athletes program increased their hours that their scholar-athletes spent in BSA Zones by 50 percent from 2011-12 to 2012-13 school year according to the BSA’s end-of-year report.
The BSA was started about four years ago to boost Boston public school athletes, establishing study rooms called Zones in all 19 BPS high schools for student athletes to learn. The program also funds Boston.com’s BPS sports page.
Released late last month, the report also says the athletic participation among scholar-athletes increased by 12.3 percent.
"We made a big push to improve our data collection process with the implementation of our Sales Force database," BSA Executive Academic DIrector Kelly Parrish said in an email. "This has allowed us to more precisely track the number of scholar-athletes in BPS. Also, we have put more of an emphasis on the recruitment of new athletes into our Zones."
Eligibility rates for BSA scholar-athletes remained relatively high as well.
Non-exam schools saw 84 percent of scholar-athletes remain eligible in the fall while 97 percent of exam-school students (Boston Latin, Latin Academy and the O'Bryant school) scholar-athletes remained eligible in the fall. Those numbers remained the same in the winter season while they jumped to 90 percent for non-exam scholar-athletes in the spring and 98 percent for exam school scholar-athletes.
Non exam school football scholar-athletes had a 78 percent eligibility rate compared to 98 percent at exam schools. Boys' basketball scholar-athletes had an 80 percent eligibility rate while exam-school basketball scholar-athletes had a 98 percent eligibility rate.
One impressive sport for eligibility all around was soccer, where both girls' and boys’ soccer eligibility rates were at 99 percent for students at exam schools while non-exam schools soccer teams saw a 91 eligibility rate for girls' soccer and an 83 percent eligibility for boys' soccer.
Parrish gives all the credit to the BSA faculty for the success in eligibility for students playing sports.
“In regards to the increase in eligibility rate, it is a testament to the work that our facilitators are doing in the Zones and the consistency of their existence for three years now," she said.
Just three percent of Zone members graduated without post-secondary plans, which includes full-time employment, training or vocational programs, military and plans of going to a college or university.
"Heading into our fourth full school year we are excited to see the first group of freshmen that started out their high school careers in the Zone go on to graduate with a plan,” Parrish said.
She says that there is always room for improvement and that they are far from finished with hopes to continue their work.
"We feel like we can always improve and are never satisfied with the results from the previous year," she said. "We will continue to do the things that have made us successful in the past.”
Globe Correspondent Justin A. Rice contributed to this report.
James Whitter is a student at the O'Bryant School who writes for Teens in Print.
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