Eighth-grade Oakwood Elementary School student Christopher Smith, earned a perfect score on the EXPLORE test. Smith is one of only 53 students in Arizona out of 40,623 participants to achieve a perfect score on the test.
Smith will be honored in a surprise recognition event at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 19 in the school cafeteria. His seventh- and eighth-grade peers as well as his family have been invited to attend the short assembly, although Smith has no idea he received a perfect score and will be recognized at the event.
Each year, eighth and ninth-grade students have an opportunity to take the EXPLORE test which helps prepare students for their high school coursework as well as their post-high school career choices.
The test consists of four multiple choice tests covering English, math, reading and science. The EXPLORE test can be seen as an independent tool to guide students on any potential areas needing improvement, allowing for early intervention, or it can also be utilized as a preparation tool for the ACT Test.
Smith is no stranger to taking on challenges or pushing himself to be the very best. He works very hard at school and puts his studies first.
He is an avid reader, spends a lot of his free time at Barnes & Noble and especially enjoys reading Stephen King novels. Smith aspires to be a writer one day although while in junior high, he is currently challenging himself to learn to play the trumpet.
The Peoria Unified School District, located in the West Valley, serves more than 36,000 students in 32 elementary schools, seven high schools and one non-traditional school. With ongoing open enrollment and alternative educational opportunities, the district boasts a 94 percent high school graduation rate.
Peoria Unified prides itself on excelling schools, award-winning teachers, high AIMS test scores, specialized signature programs and championship sports programs. For more information, visit the district’s website at www.peoriaud.k12.az.us.