CHS Again Named to US News Top School List

CHS Again Named to US News Top School List
Posted on 04/25/2017

Boerne-Samuel V. Champion High School has been included on U.S. News & World Report annual list of the best high schools in the nation, released Monday. The high school, which opened in 2008, has made the list each year since 2012.

Champion High School was ranked 72nd in Texas and 555th nationally, earning silver medal status in the publication's annual evaluation of the nation's public high schools. CHS was among the top 25 "traditional" schools - exclusive of magnet, charter and STEM schools that also are included in the magazine's overall listing. A year ago, CHS was ranked 92nd in Texas and 807th nationally.

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"There are many factors - tangible and sometimes intangible - that define the quality of our schools," said Boerne ISD superintendent David Stelmazewski. "We take great pride in all the schools in our district, knowing they are among the best in the state based on a variety of studies. This specific honor is an affirmation of the hard work by our students, the dedication of our faculty and the priority placed on education by our entire community. We are very proud of the Champion Chargers."

To create the 2017 Best High Schools rankings, U.S. News looked at more than 22,000 public high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia to determine which schools excelled in each state and nationally.

High schools were evaluated in four stages. First, U.S. News looked at overall student performance on state-required tests. Schools had to perform better than average to pass. Then, U.S. News factored in how effectively schools educated their least-advantaged students - those of minority and low-income backgrounds. The review also examined if a school graduates its students at a rate that meets or surpasses a basic national standard. Finally, schools were assessed on how well they prepared students for college based on participation in and performance on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams.

The School for the Talented and Gifted, a Dallas magnet school, was ranked as the No. 1 public high school in Texas. In the San Antonio area, schools making the list included Reagan High School (#70 in Texas) and Johnson High School (#104 in Texas).

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