(Victorville )– Excelsior Charter School has been recognized as one of the Best High Schools in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.
Excelsior was awarded the bronze medal, and their Academic Performance Index score was 762, which ranked them among 4,877 of the highest-scoring schools across the nation.
Superintendent Mike Hayhurst congratulated his staff for this accomplishment in a written statement, “I can’t think of a better day than today, National Day of the Teacher, to thank and congratulate you for doing your part to cause Excelsior to be named a 2012 Bronze Award winner as one of America’s Best High Schools by U.S. News and World Report.”
He continued, “All Excelsior staff members, regardless of job title or classification, impact student achievement and truly make a difference in the lives of children. Students appreciate you and I appreciate you for the things you do to help prepare them to be successful adults.”
U.S. News and Washington, D.C.- based American Institutes for Research evaluated nearly 22,000 public high schools in 49 states and the District of Columbia. Schools were awarded gold, silver, or bronze, based on state proficiency standards, how well they prepare students for college, and other factors, according to the magazine’s website.
An important part of the evaluation process took into account the reading and math results for all students on each state’s high school proficiency tests. The researchers then factored in the percentage of economically disadvantaged students (who tend to score lower) enrolled at the school to identify the schools that were performing better than statistical expectations.
Another important step in the process determined whether the school’s least-advantaged students (black, Hispanic, and low-income) were performing better than average for similar students in the state. They compared each school’s math and reading proficiency rates for disadvantaged students with the statewide results for these student groups and then selected schools that were performing better than this state average.
The student population at Excelsior totals 1100, which includes 78% total minority enrollment and 48% total economically disadvantaged, as reported to the government.