Stivers among top high schools in United States
May 11, 2012
Contact: Jill Moberley, Public Information Officer
For Immediate Release
Stivers School for the Arts ranks among America's best public high schools for the third year, according to U.S. News & World Report in a study released May 8.
Stivers earned a silver medal, ranking 71st statewide (out of 112 HS ranked), and 1,401 nationally (out of 2,008 ranked).
Principal Erin Dooley learned of the school’s ranking this week and was pleasantly surprised but won’t be stopping long to celebrate the good news, with graduation just days away.
“We’re very excited,” Dooley said. “Our faculty is always looking to improve instructional practice, and we continue to focus on ways Stivers can be a better place in which to teach and learn.”
This is the fourth year the study has been conducted and the third year Stivers has been recognized. The arts high school earned a bronze medal in 2009 and a silver medal in 2010. Stivers was the only high school in Montgomery County to receive a medal in 2010 and one of only six in the state that year.
Criteria used to judge schools include the degree to which they serve all students across different ability levels, academic performance as measured by state achievement tests, and the degree to which students are prepared for college as measured through Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate courses.
While the previous high school rankings published in December 2009 included information on 1,800 schools, the 2012 rankings include data on nearly 22,000 public high schools from 49 states and the District of Columbia. (Nebraska did not report enough data to be included in the rankings.)
The report was produced by U.S. News & World Report in collaboration with the Washington, D.C.-based American Institutes for Research (AIR), which implemented the rankings methodology.
Read more about it online.