Monday, June 27, 2011

DFHS Named One Of America's Best High Schools

NEWSWEEK Magazine named Dutch Fork High School one of the best high schools in America.  NEWSWEEK, which has been ranking the top public high schools in America for more than a decade, revamped its methodology this year in hopes of highlighting solutions. They enlisted a panel of experts—Wendy Kopp of Teach For America, Tom Vander Ark of Open Education Solutions (formerly executive director for education at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), and Linda Darling-Hammond, Stanford professor of education and founder of the School Redesign Network—to develop a yardstick that fully reflects a school’s success turning out college-ready (and life-ready) students. To this end, each school’s score is comprised of six components: graduation rate (25%), college matriculation rate (25%), AP tests taken per graduate (25%), average SAT/ACT scores (10%), average AP/IB/AICE scores (10%), and AP courses offered (5%).   
Dutch Fork High School was the only traditional public high school to make the list in South Carolina.  The other 3 schools from South Carolina are The Academic Magnet, Charleston; South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Math, Hartsville and South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities, Greenville.

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