Contact: Mattie Majors
There are nearly 19,000 high schools in America. Most of them were recently reviewed and ranked by U.S. News and World Report magazine for its 2008 list of the best high schools. The best schools received either a Gold, Silver or Bronze rating. Five of the best are Detroit Public Schools. Renaissance High School received a Silver rating and Cass Tech, Communicating Media Arts, Davis Aerospace and the Detroit School of the Arts received Bronze ratings. No Michigan School received a Gold.
According to the magazine account of the methodology used for reviewing the schools, ‘the ranking was based on key principles that a great high school must serve all its students well, not just those who are bound for college, and that it must be able to produce measurable academic outcomes that show the school is successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators.. A third step assessed the degree to which schools prepared students for college.’
The magazine used 2005-2006 data provided by public high schools in 40 states. Schools in 10 states did not provide enough information to be reviewed. The top 100 high schools with the highest college readiness results were awarded gold medals. The next 405 top-performing high schools nationwide based on their college readiness results earned silver medals. An additional 1,086 high schools in 40 states that passed the first two steps were awarded bronze medals. Based on the number of schools receiving ratings and the number of schools reviewed, the DPS schools are in the highest 8%.
Congratulations to the staff and students at theses outstanding Detroit Public Schools.