Wooster is #1

Washington Post: Wooster High School Is #1 Among Nevada Public Schools

Reno, NV (April 25, 2016)Earl Wooster High School in Reno is ranked first among Nevada public high schools whose students take and pass college-level tests, according to a study conducted by the Washington Post. The study measured the number of college-level tests given to graduates, the percentage of graduates who passed at least one of those tests during their high school career, and the percentage of students whose families qualify for meal subsidies at the school.

In all, 12 Washoe County School District (WCSD) schools ranked in the top 20 high schools in the state, according to the study.

In compiling the annual study, the staff at the Washington Post calculates the number of Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and Cambridge tests given at a school each year and divides that number by the number of seniors who graduate that year. Public schools that achieved a ratio of at least 1.00—meaning they had as many test-takers as they had graduates—were placed on the national list.

“As principal, I am thankful that we’ve received this honor for the second consecutive year,” said Leah Keuscher, principal of Wooster High School. “I’m so proud of my students and staff at Wooster. We do everything possible to ensure access to IB/AP classes for all kids. We administer approximately 1,600 IB and AP exams each year at Wooster High School, build our master schedule to provide every opportunity for students, hire and train our teachers, and then support our students both in the classroom and after school. We provide after-school tutoring, intersessions, summer school, and Saturday academies to ensure they’re even more successful.”

“Our District works hard to provide each of our 64,000 students with an education that will help them prepare for college and highly-skilled careers,” said WCSD Superintendent Traci Davis. “As part of that effort, we encourage students to take on academic challenges, and we provide the support they need to succeed in these more rigorous courses. This study shows that our efforts—and the hard work of our students and staff—are paying off in a big way. It’s a great measure of how hard our staff and students are working to elevate their work to its highest possible levels.”

Also on the list of top 20 high schools in Nevada are:

  • Galena High School (#6)
  • Incline High School (#7)
  • McQueen High School (#8)
  • Procter R. Hug High School (#9)
  • Edward C. Reed High School (#10)
  • Reno High School (#11)
  • Damonte Ranch High School (#14)
  • Academy of Arts, Careers & Technology (#15)
  • Spanish Springs High School (#16)
  • North Valleys High School (#17)
  • Sparks High School (#19)

“It’s so gratifying that almost all of the WCSD high schools ranked in the top 20 for the state of Nevada,” said Keuscher. “This is just how we as a District are trying to break down barriers and reduce gatekeeping/screening so that all students can take AP/IB classes if they so choose – despite their academic history. If a student really wants to take an honors class and knows the requirements of that class, then we do everything possible to provide that opportunity. We’re doing great things for our students and our future.”

Victoria Campbell

vcampbell@washoeschools.net
775.333.3789

Here’s a link to the story on our WCSD website.

KTVN Channel 2 posted our story on their website: http://www.ktvn.com/story/31810348/washington-post-wooster-high-ranked-number-one-in-nevada-public-schools

And here’s the list at The Washington Post: http://apps.washingtonpost.com/local/highschoolchallenge/schools/2016/list/nevada-schools/