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8 CCSD campuses make America’s Best High Schools list

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Christopher DeVargas

The Advanced Technologies Academy High School, Wednesday Dec. 14, 2011.

Thirteen Nevada high schools — including eight in Clark County — were named among the best high schools in the nation, according to Newsweek and the Daily Beast.

The national news magazine and website reviewed self-reported data from nearly 2,500 public high schools nationally to compile its annual America's Best High Schools ranking, which was published Monday.

Newsweek and the Daily Beast looked at the following factors to come up with its rankings: the four-year graduation rate, the college acceptance rate, the participation rates and average test score on college-level exams such as the Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate, and the average SAT or ACT score.

Eight Clark County School District high schools made Newsweek's list. Here are their rankings and school data, according to Newsweek:

Advanced Technologies Academy is ranked 570th in the nation and second in Nevada, behind the Davidson Academy of Nevada in Reno.

A-Tech has a 96 percent graduation rate and an 88 percent college-going rate. The Las Vegas magnet school also posted an average SAT score of 1646 (out of a possible 2400), an average ACT score of 25.5 (out of a possible 36) and an average AP score of 3.2 (out of a possible 5).

About 27 percent of students participate in the federal free and reduced-price lunch program.

Las Vegas Academy of the Arts is ranked 1,256th in the nation and third in Nevada.

The performing arts magnet school has a 95 percent graduation rate and an 87 percent college-going rate. Las Vegas Academy also posted an average SAT score of 1528, an average ACT score of 22.3 and an average AP score of 3.3.

About a third of students participate in the federal free and reduced-price lunch program.

College of Southern Nevada High School — South is ranked 1,464th in the nation and fifth in Nevada.

The Henderson college preparatory school has a 100 percent graduation rate and a 100 percent college-going rate. CSN-South also posted an average SAT score of 1616 and an average ACT score of 24.6.

Newsweek did not list the school's average AP score or participation rate in the national subsidized student lunch program.

College of Southern Nevada High School — West is ranked 1,533rd in the nation and sixth in Nevada.

The Las Vegas college preparatory school has a 100 percent graduation rate and a 100 percent college-going rate. CSN-West also posted an average SAT score of 1519 and an average ACT score of 22.8.

Newsweek did not list the school's average AP score or participation rate in the national subsidized student lunch program.

• College of Southern Nevada High School — East is ranked 1,585th in the nation, and 8th in Nevada.

The North Las Vegas college preparatory school has a 100 percent graduation rate and a 100 percent college-going rate. CSN-North also posted an average SAT score of 1477 and an average ACT score of 21.2.

Newsweek did not list the school's average AP score or participation rate in the national subsidized student lunch program.

Coronado High School is ranked 1,670th in the nation and 10th in Nevada.

The comprehensive high school in Henderson has an 89 percent graduation rate and an 80 percent college-going rate. Coronado also posted an average SAT score of 1535, an average ACT score of 23.4 and an average AP score of 3.

About 15 percent of students participate in the federal free and reduced-price lunch program.

Palo Verde High School is ranked 1,951st in the nation and 11th in Nevada.

The comprehensive high school in Las Vegas has an 82 percent graduation rate and a 74 percent college-going rate. Palo Verde also posted an average SAT score of 1550, an average ACT score of 24 and an average AP score of 3.1.

About 24 percent of students participate in the federal free and reduced-price lunch program.

Foothill High School is ranked 1,976th in the nation and 12th in Nevada.

The comprehensive high school in Henderson has a 77 percent graduation rate and an 80 percent college-going rate. Foothill also posted an average SAT score of 1676, an average ACT score of 22.6 and an average AP score of 3.

Newsweek did not list the school's participation rate in the national subsidized student lunch program.

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  1. Good info on good schools. Good article. So it appears funding is not as limited as some would have as believe. It again appears that aggregating like-minded students is in everyone's best interests. Students who can pursue their areas of interest are motivated. I bet there's a much lower absentee issue at these schools. While it would probably never reach the best list, I would think that a school of modest-ability students would be good for them--where they can strive amidst peers and be recognized when they make top of their class.

  2. I'm confused. "Nearly" 2500? Self-reported? And at 1250 and higher out of 2500 this puts almost all of these schools on a best schools list? What am I missing?

  3. There does seem to be a pattern: when the percentage of students on the Federal Free or Reduced Lunch Program is less than 25%, less than a quarter of their total student population, students perform academically much better. Maybe the CCSD School Board should look at that and shuffle students and resources accordingly, IF it is about doing what is "best" for our students!

    Other factors that the CCSD School Board should keep in mind, as Commenter Roberta Anderson pointed out as, "It again appears that aggregating like-minded students is in everyone's best interests. Students who can pursue their areas of interest are motivated."

    We can "turn around" many of our low performing schools in this district by simply converting them into MAGNET SCHOOLS! It is a "revenue neutral" way of making changes that reap great academic and social rewards for not only the students, but the community!!! Let's give it a try, folks!

    Blessings and Peace,
    Star