Petersburg Excessive Faculty is ranked primary in Alaska on the newest U.S. Information and World Report’s nationwide rankings of greatest public excessive colleges within the nation.
The news outlet ranked over 17,000 schools based on performance on math and reading standardized tests, college level entry exams and graduation rates. The nationwide rating for PHS is 904th. The Petersburg Pilot newspaper first reported the highest rating Thursday.
Petersburg Excessive obtained a rating of practically 95 factors on a scale of 100, with a minority enrollment of 32 % and half the scholars qualifying as economically deprived.
PHS principal Rick Dormer stated scholar efficiency final 12 months on Superior Placement assessments had been an element.
“I imply we simply knocked it out of the park, in comparison with the state, in comparison with the nation, particularly on the language arts examination, that AP,” Dormer stated Monday. “14 children took it (the check). I feel our rating was a 4.0 and the state common was like two level one thing and the nationwide common is 2 level one thing so I imply we simply blew it out of the park. So I feel that gave use that kick up among the many different issues we do effectively, excessive commencement charge, our children do effectively on check scores, we’ve got good attendance information, you understand the opposite issues that we do very well and I feel it simply pushed us as much as primary, so actually thrilling.”
Dormer additionally needed to acknowledge the work of the complete faculty district.
“I’m so excited for the highschool, particularly simply the challenges they’ve been via this 12 months,” he stated. “It feels so good at a time when everyone’s so drained simply to say, oh good we’re making a distinction in children, not that we doubt that but it surely’s good to be affirmed. After which simply to acknowledge the one approach the highschool goes to have these sort of outcomes is by an awesome center faculty and a very good elementary faculty. We do need to give thanks to simply the exhausting work that every one academics put in to get them to this degree the place we are able to obtain one of these recognition.”
Rounding out the highest 5 in Alaska are Mat-Su Profession and Technical in Wasilla, Homer Excessive, South Anchorage and Cordova.