ELIZABETH –Recently, the Washington Post announced the listing of the top high schools in the nation. According to the Post, Elizabeth High School is ranked No. 2 in New Jersey (trailing only Dr. Ronald E. McNair Academic High School in Jersey City) and No. 176 in the nation.
The Washington Post ranked high schools using the Challenge Index, a measure of how effectively a school prepares its students for college. The formula divides the number of Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) or other college-level tests a school gave in 2010 by the number of graduating seniors. While not a measure of the overall quality of the school, the rating can reveal the level of a high school’s commitment to preparing students for college.
On Wednesday, June 1, Elizabeth Public Schools held a ceremony to recognize and commend the 677 high school students for achieving this impressive ranking.
At the ceremony, the high school’s eleventh grade students were also recognized for 100% student proficiency on the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) in Language Arts. Of the 161 students taking the Language Arts portion of the HSPA, all 161 students scored proficient. Thirty-six students (22.4% of students tested) scored Advanced Proficient, the highest level attainable.
Superintendent of Schools Pablo Muñoz was excited to see Elizabeth High School ranked among the best high schools in the state and nation.
“We are extremely proud of our high school students’ dedication to achieving excellence,” said Muñoz. “The Washington Post’s high state ranking and 100% proficiency are clear indicators of the Elizabeth Public Schools upholding its commitment to prepare all students for post-secondary education.”
To see the complete ranking of America’s top high schools, visit: http://apps.washingtonpost.com/highschoolchallenge/schools/2011/list/national/
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