Since Knox County Schools has been back in session, forty-eight of our juniors have been attending orientation at Pellissippi State Community College in preparation for their dual enrollment courses which begin on August 23rd. Needless to say, we are extremely proud of their achievements, not only because they are our first class of students or because they are the first of their kind in the state of Tennessee, but also because these students decided as eighth graders that they wanted to attend a “Diploma +” school that would challenge them in ways they never dreamed. During their freshman and sophomore years, these students earned six college credits through dual credit courses. Additionally, they have all scored the requisite benchmark scores on the Compass and/or ACT which is required of their respective pathways. These juniors have risen to every challenge we have put before them, and we can only imagine what they will achieve as they embark on their college careers!