May 17, 2012 | Vol. 39, No. 20

PHS garners US News and World Report recognition

Petersburg High School was recently ranked by the publication US News and World Report, receiving a Bronze award for academic achievement and college preparedness.

Suzanne Ashe
Outstanding students were recognized at the recent School Board meeting. Art instructor Ashley DuRoss poses with art students Carolyn Kvernik, Shalie Dahl and Spai Saensuk who all received certificates from Petersburg School District in recognition of awards garnered at the Southeast Art Festival.

US News and World Report and the Washington D.C.-based American Institute compiled the high schools rankings for Research.

More than U.S. 21,000 high schools were analyzed based on how well the school served the students, not only those who are college-bound, but also students who showed measurable academic progress across a wide range of achievement levels.

The evaluation first determines whether each school's students were performing better than statistically expected for the average student in the state.

Next, the evaluation shows whether the school's least advantaged students (black, Hispanic and low-income) were performing better than average for the students in the state.

And third, the schools are evaluated on the students' level of college readiness by using Advanced Placement of International Baccalaureate test data.

PHS was one of 33 schools in Alaska to make the list; nine Silver and 24 Bronze awards were given. No Alaska schools received a gold ranking.

“So, of the 33 schools that received awards in the state, we are one,” said Superintendent of Schools Robert Thomason. “We are very proud to be recognized.”

PHS offers Advanced Placement coursework and exams. The AP participation rate at PHS is 30 percent. The student body makeup is 47 percent male and 53 percent female, and the total minority enrollment is 24 percent.

“My understanding of the measurement is, it's how we prepare kids for the world outside of high school,” said principal Rick Dormer. “I think everything we do points toward college, or the workplace, or the military, or wherever kids are going.”

For more information on PHS in the US News and World Report ranking see:

http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/alaska/districts/petersburg-city-school-district/petersburg-high-school-600

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