Elizabeth High School Makes Newsweek’s List of America’s Best

ELIZABETH– Elizabeth High School is ranked among the nation’s best according to a new listing of the top 1,000 high schools by Newsweek. In America’s Best High Schools 2012, Newsweek compared the quality of education among the nation’s top secondary schools, and Elizabeth High School ranked number 217 nationally.

Elizabeth High School Principal Michael Cummings said, “This type of recognition inspires us and we are delighted with Newsweek’s recognition of our collective effort to provide excellent educational experiences for our students. Everything that’s happened here is the result of a shared vision put forth by our Board of Education and Superintendent, Pablo Muñoz. Our students do the hard work, our teachers set high standards, and our leaders serve.”

In compiling the 2012 list of the top high schools in America, Newsweek reached out to principals, superintendents and other administrators at public high schools across the country. In order to be considered for the list, a school had to complete a survey requesting specific data from the 2010-2011 academic year. More than 2,300 schools were assessed, resulting in the final list of the top 1,000 schools.

All respondents were ranked based on the following self-reported statistics from the 2010-2011 school year:

  • Four-year, on-time graduation rate (25%)
  • Percent of 2011 graduates accepted to college (25%)
  • Advanced Placement (AP) / International Baccalaureate (IB) /Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) tests per student (25%)
  • Average SAT and/or ACT score (10%)
  • Average AP/IB/AICE exam score (10%)
  • AP/IB/AICE courses offered per student (5%)

Data for each of these indicators were standardized in order to measure the relative performance of each school, and then weighted as indicated to produce the overall score for each school.

You can see the full report at: http://www.thedailybeast.com/content/newsweek/2012/05/20/america-s-best-high-schools.html

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