Monday, May 4, 2015

Grain Valley Makes Washington Post’s List of Most Challenging U.S. High Schools for 2015

For the third time in five years, Grain Valley High School has been named to the Washington Post’s list of “America’s Most Challenging High Schools.”  Grain Valley High School is ranked in the top five percent of public high schools in the United States, fifth in the state of Missouri, and number one among Missouri schools in the Kansas City Metro.

Rankings are based on the total number of Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduate in May.  The list also looks at ACT scores, Advanced Placement scores (the percentage of seniors who score a “3” or higher on at least one exam), and free and reduced lunch numbers. 

Jay Mathews compiles the list for the Washington Post. He states the significance of Advanced Placement courses that is shared by the Grain Valley School District: “AP, IB and AICE are important because they give average students a chance to experience… heavy college reading list and long, analytical college examinations.  Research has found that even low-performing students who got a “2” on an AP test did significantly better in college than similar students who did not take AP.”

This honor is the third national recognition for Grain Valley Schools in the past nine months.  Newsweek and U.S. News and World Report have also recognized Grain Valley High School as a top U.S. high school for preparing students for college.

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