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Five Blue Valley high schools named to list of top 1,000 U.S. high schools

06/19/2012 – BV Schools ranked high on list of America’s top 1,000 public high schools compiled by Newsweek.



Five Blue Valley high schools were recently named to a list of America's top 1,000 public high schools compiled by Newsweek. Blue Valley High, Blue Valley North, Blue Valley Northwest, Blue Valley West and Blue Valley Southwest accounted for five of seven Kansas high schools making the list.

The school ranking system takes into consideration six factors: graduation rate, the percent of students going on to postsecondary education options, Advanced Placement (AP) tests taken per graduate, SAT and ACT scores, AP courses offered, and the average AP, International Baccalaureate and/or Cambridge score.

Earlier this week, the Washington Post released their list of the top 1,000 U.S. high schools. Blue Valley High, Blue Valley North, Blue Valley Northwest and Blue Valley West accounted for four of 10 Kansas high schools making the list. The Washington Post's ranking system takes into account the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and/or Cambridge tests taken by all students at a school in 2011. That number is then divided by the number of graduating seniors.

Earlier this month, Blue Valley High, Blue Valley North and Blue Valley Northwest were named to U.S. News & World Report's list of America's top high schools. The U.S. News & World Report school ranking system is based on state proficiency standards, state test scores in the core subjects of reading and math, and how well students are prepared for college, which is measured by student participation and performance on Advanced Placement (AP) exams. The data used for the rankings was from the 2009-2010 school year. "The commitment of our staff to personalized student learning combined with the efforts of our students to challenge themselves leads to student success," said Tom Trigg, superintendent. "We are thrilled that our students and staff members were recognized for their hard work by each of these lists of top high schools."

 For information more information, visit: http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/features/2012/americas-best-high-schools.html

http://apps.washingtonpost.com/local/highschoolchallenge

http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools

Web Site: http://www.bluevalleyk12schools.org/assets/files/Newsweek%20Top%20U.S.%20High%20Schools%202012.pdf




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