U.S. News Names 2 Highline Schools To "Best High School List"
Two Highline School District schools â€“ Health Sciences and Human Services High School (HS3) and Aviation High School â€“ have been selected to U.S. News and World Report’s 2010 list of America’s Best High Schools.
HS3, located in White Center, earned a bronze award and Des Moines’ Aviation High School earned a silver. They were the only two South King County schools to make the list.
The list, published annually since 2008, identifies the country’s top-performing high schools.
â€œThe goal is to provide a clear, unbiased picture of how well public schools serve all of their students – from the highest achieving to the lowest achieving – in preparing them to demonstrate proficiency in basic skills as well as readiness for college-level work,â€ according to the U.S. News and World Report website.
â€œHS3 and Aviation are examples of our effort to reinvent high school to better prepare all students for college, career, and citizenship,â€ said Highline Superintendent John Welch. â€œBoth are innovative schools that are preparing students for the math and science careers that will dominate the new economy.â€
Health Sciences and Human Services High School, one of three small high schools on the Evergreen campus in White Center, is the stateâ€™s only health sciences-themed high school. According to Principal Paula Montgomery, many students aspire to be nurses, doctors, scientists, social workers and educators. In 2008, HS3 was one of four Washington schools chosen by the Washington Global Health Alliance for a partnership designed to enhance Washingtonâ€™s position as a leader in health sciences by nurturing the next generation of global health leaders.
Aviation High School is the nationâ€™s first aviation-themed college prep high school. All core subjects are taught in the context of aviation, with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Aviation was the third highest-scoring high school in Washington on the 10th grade WASL in 2009. A hallmark of the school, led by Principal and CEO Reba Gilman, is its many aviation industry partners and professionals who mentor students one-on-one.
To earn the silver distinction, schools 1) exceeded statistical expectations for all students on state achievement tests in math and reading; 2) exceeded the state average on test scores for black, Latino, and low-income students; and 3) had high levels of participation and performance in Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate courses. Bronze awards went to schools that met the first two criteria. The gold distinction was awarded to the 100 top-scoring schools that met all three criteria.
In all, 30 Washington state schools earned bronze awards, 17 earned silver awards, and four earned gold awards.