Friday, May 15, 2015

Carmel High again named among country's top high schools

Carmel High School has once again received the highest ranking as a Gold Medal Winner in the U.S. News and World Report list of the best high schools in the nation.

Carmel High moved up this year to 33rd place in the state and 196th in the nation. The list considers more than 21,000 U.S. schools for the list, making Carmel High place firmly in the top 1 percent of all schools in the country.

Carmel High was awarded the Gold Medal “based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college” according to the U.S. News & World Report article. “A great high school must serve all of its students well, not just those who are college bound, and it must be able to produce measurable academic outcomes to show it is successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators,” the article reads.

“This reinforces the fact that the work we are doing is paying off for all students" departing Superintendent Marvin Biasotti said in a statement. “We are particularly proud of our ranking in the state."

School officials analyzed the schools that placed ahead of Carmel and found only eight comprehensive high schools ahead of them -- the others are magnet schools, academies, or charter schools that have selective enrollment processes.

"Of the eight, none of them have as high a ratio of socio-economically disadvantaged students as Carmel High," Biasotti said. "In fact, their percentages of disadvantaged students are less than half the level of (Carmel High School). It appears that no comprehensive high school with a population that approximates our demographics is doing a better job of preparing students for college.”

Find the U.S. News and World Report here.

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