Wednesday, June 1, 2016

High Schools Recognized Nationally

Two national news services that publish annual school rankings have recognized several Spring Branch ISD high schools as among America’s best.

Ranked among “America’s Most Challenging High Schools” by The Washington Post are both Stratford and Memorial high schools and Westchester Academy for International Studies, a highly successful, district charter high school.

“America’s Most Challenging High Schools” ranked campuses through a formula-based ratio of the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given each year at the school, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year.

A ratio, or so called Index rating, of 1.0 means the high school had as many tests as high school graduates. Results from The Washington Post rankings:

  • Stratford High ranked No. 82 in Texas and No. 543 in the nation. Its Index was 3.411.
  • Memorial High ranked No. 96 in Texas and No. 659 in the nation. Its Index was 3.117.
  • Westchester Academy ranked No. 104 in Texas and No. 731 in the nation. Its Index was 2.985.
In a separate national ranking, U. S. News & World Report published data on more than 21,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia recently.

This news group publishes an annual high school ranking report, too, known as the “Best High School Rankings.”

Using a separate formula, high schools are awarded gold, silver and bronze medals based on performance on state assessments, graduation rates and how well schools prepare students for college-level courses.

In this national survey, Memorial High was ranked No. 440 nationally and earned a gold medal. Westchester Academy for International Studies ranked No. 1,170 nationally and was awarded a silver medal.

Stratford, Spring Woods and Northbrook high schools weren’t ranked by U.S. News in its April report.

To learn more about both ranking systems:


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