There are basically two ways to create an amazing high school. Either you put it in a city where the parents are all rich, all smart (nuclear scientists or university professors) or both, or you select the best from a large diverse district.
Ranking Ntl Pctile SAT SATP Seattle Lakeside 98 1310 95 Palo Alto Gunn 93 1137 87 San Francisco Lowell 86 Boston Latin 85? CA State Average 902
http://www.seattletimes.com/news/education/html98/acaz_021499.html Seattle Times February 14, 1999 Rescuing the dream: Seattle's African American Academy by Linda Shaw Seattle Times staff reporter. School is seen as refuge for black kids rejected elsewhere, some test scores are better than dist avg for blacks, but scores as worst school in the district (not mentioned in article!)
"Born seven years ago out of the frustration many black parents and community leaders felt with other public schools, the academy aims to break the pattern of low achievement and low expectations experienced by many African-American youth... open to any student in the district interested in learning much more about Africa and African Americans than the occasional unit on civil rights or slavery - although so far the enrollment has been virtually all black."
Highlights: Stanford considered closing the school Scores better than dist avg for blacks in middle school a refuge of sorts for students kicked out of other schools 85% eligible for free/red lunch 19% live with both parents, lowest in district 40% live with relatives/foster parents 0% passed 7th grade WASL National percentile rank Academy vs dist black Elementary reading 45 37 language 35 37 math 37 37 middle reading 37 30 language 47 35 math 32 27 Students, % Change in students below 25th percentile since 1996 elementary elementary reading 25.5/-14.5 36.5/-8.5 lanaguage 38.0/-3 34 /-9 math 40.0/-8 35.5/-11.5 middle reading 29.5/-12 44/-2 language 21/-21 38/-5 math 36/-9 48/-6 @@Alhambra Traditional School Public Schools Ignore Some Basic Truths. Warren North, Phoenix. For the fourth year, Alhambra Taditional School, a basic school in Phoenix 38% minority 26% f/r lunch has posted the highest reading and language standardized test scores in the state. Public schools are awash with "innovations" implated by ideologues and often funded with federal dollars. @@American Enterprise Magazine z47\clip\2000\12\ament.txt January/February 2001 The American Enterprise magazine "Behind-the-scenes profiles of 14 dramatically varied schools with one thing in common: Their students learn. · The Calvert School, Baltimore, Maryland · Benjamin Franklin Charters Schools, Mesa, Arizona. · Mary Collins Preparatory Schools, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. · Safe family home school, San Diego, California. · Piney Woods School, Piney Woods, Mississippi. · City on a Hill Charter School, Boston. · The Taft School, Watertown Connecticut. · Frederick Douglass Academy, Harlem, New York. · Hanna Sacks School, Chicago. · City Springs Elementary School, Baltimore. · Messmer High School, Milwaukee. @@Arlington Traditional \clip\99\06\arl.txt Richmond Times Dispatch Wednesday, February 10, 1999 Pondering the Secrets of School Success / School Engages Parents From Start by Robert Holland . Arlington. Arlinton Traditonal near DC 50% minority aced the inaugural round of Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) tests. The overall passing rate was well over 90 percent for the core subjects (98 percent for third-grade math; 96 percent for fifth-grade English) -- with an 83 for fifth-grade history the only slip... easily exceeded the 70 percent pass mark @@Arthur Andersen School Wall Street Journal June 20, 2002 Andersen School Drops 'Teachers' The Arthur Andersen School offers a poignant footnote to the saga of the collapsed giant. Designed to demonstrate that the firm's competence and conscience stretched deeper than corporate books, this tiny high school may end up the last holder of the Arthur Andersen name. [Cynical article that buzzwords trade student / teacher / principal for learner / facilitaror / primary facilitator, etc] @@Asian GCruz points out many high performing moderate income schools are heavily Asian. @@Atlanta See Richmond County DAVIDSON MAGNET 42% BLACK IS #1 IN GEORGIA We are a small fine arts and academic school with grades 5 through 12. We discovered several years ago that a building does not mean a good or bad place for a school. What makes our school work is the people involved. Number one school in the Georgia state is Davidson Magnet - it's 42% Black! Web page: http://groupz.net/Davidson/index.html saved: \clip\97\09\davidson\davison.htm firstname.lastname@example.org John S. Davidson Fine Arts School 1114 Telfair St. Augusta, Georgia 30901 (706)823-6924 100% of students are college bound. \doc\97\02\davis\sat.htm V595 M572(old 560) T1167 (new scale) ACTC 20.3 \doc\97\02\davis\student.htm students W46.6 B42.1 H3.0 A5.6 FL16.9 vs. 64.3 Parkview High, Gwinnett County (mentioned in 1991 Orfield book as highest TAP scores in Metro Atlanta) Address: 998 Cole Dr. Lilburn, GA 30247 Phone: 1-770-921-2874 TAP Test of Achievement and Proficiency - mean national percentile R = Reading, W=Writing, M=Math, SS=Social Studies, S=Science 1994-1995 TAP ------------------ 11th Grade R W M SS S -- -- -- -- -- School 63 71 69 73 79 Gwinnett 55 60 69 61 70 Metro 50 57 62 57 62 State 46 53 56 51 57 ACT American College Testing - College admission exam 1994-1995 ACT --------------------------- Nmbr. of Pct. of Students Seniors Tested Tested Score SATV SATM -------- ------- ------ School 150 33.3 22.6 432 498 Gwinnett 1,227 27.1% 21.6 424 489 Metro NA NA NA State 12,189 NA 20.2 406 854 National 945,369 NA 20.8 482 910 SAT Scholastic Aptitude Test Stanford is a major provider of study programs designed to increase test results. Their SAT preparation course is available for free on the Web. 1994-1995 SAT ---------------------------------------- Nmbr. of Pct. of Students Seniors Tested Tested Verbal Math Total -------- ------- ------ ---- ----- School 372 100% 432 498 930 Gwinnett 3,101 76% 424 489 913 Metro NA NA NA NA NA State 43,053 65% 406 448 854 National 1,067K 41% 428 482 910 Benjamin E. Mays High School Home page: http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Acropolis/6362/ 3450 Benjamin E. Mays Drive SW Atlanta, Georgia 30331 Phone: (404) 699-4537. This school was mentioned by Gary Orfield as the only Atlanta school with test scores comparable to suburban white schools in the area. "Mays High School in Atlanta is the one black school to score comparably to the overwhelmingly white schools, included a select student body with fewer free lunches than any other city school. Magnet programs screen students and their higher test score results are built in by the selection process" It has the highest Iowa Basic Skills test scores in the Atlanta school system. Ethnic/ Gender: W0.4 B99.5 H0.0 A0.0 N0.0 M47.5 F52.5 Free/Red Lunch 42.1% vs. 79.9% system Test mayssat.gif 442 math is about same as blacks in Fairfax County, Black over $70,000, better than black average, but worse than poor whites Based on last SAT test V448 M442 T890 System V429 M420 T849 ACTC 19.3 Sch 17.9 Sys 20.3 State ACTM 19.4 Sch 17.9 sys 19.8 State TAP95-96 78 47 58 TAP94-95 62 46 56 http://www.accessatlanta.com/local/educate.htm#grade http://www.mindspring.com/~greyhnds/ clip\96\09\popehs.htm Pope HS is the highest rated non-magnet school in the state of Georgia. POPE AMONG GEORGIA'S TOP THREE HIGH SCHOOLS. A report issued by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation has ranked Pope High School as the number three High School in the state of Georgia. The rankings were based on students scores on the SAT, the 11th grade Test of Achievement, and their percenatge of college bound students. The two schools which were ranked above Pope are both magnet schools. STATE METRO TAP SAT PERCENT DROPOUT WEAPONS Black RANK RANK SCHOOL SYSTEM SCORE SCORE COLLEGE RATE VIOLATIONS/ BOUND ENROLLMENT 1 n/a Davidson* Richmond 328.67 1020 100 0.2 0/550 42% 2 1 Chamblee* DeKalb 311.67 1017 85.7 2.5 1/1,107 3 2 Pope Cobb 310.67 982 85.8 0.7 3/1,993 4 3 Walton Cobb 303.67 983 90.2 0.9 4/2,061 5 4 North Springs Fulton 303.67 991 92.6 1.4 0/980 6 n/a Johnson Richmond 298.67 935 86.3 0.2 0/449 7 5 Chattahoochee Fulton 310 967 90.8 1.2 0/2,382 8 6 Parkview Gwinnett 303.67 930 86 1.1 16/1,966 9 7 Brookwood Gwinnett 302 949 86.8 0.5 9/2,450 10 8 Roswell Fulton 300.33 955 87.1 0.8 0/1,784 * denotes magnet school Georgia Public Policy Foundation Griff Doyle, President 2900 Chamblee-Tucker Road Building 6 Atlanta, GA 30341-4128 770/455-7600, fax 770/455-4355 @@Baltimore Maryland See Barclay Elementary School @@Barbados Network News - Spring 2002 Newsletter of the Minority Student Achievement Network Barbados is a poor, underdeveloped country. Ninety-eight percent of its people are of African descent. However, when the US Embassy offered the SAT to 300 students in Barbados three years ago, the average SAT score for those students was just over 1200. ... www.msanetwork.org/pub/spring02.pdf z60\clipim\2002\11\13\spring02.pdf link Negro Barbados students outscore Asians & Whites in SAT scores Black high-school students in Barbados, an island nation that experienced slavery, average 1300 on their SATs. http://www.frontpagemag.com/elder/1999/le10-18-99.htm 1996 SAT Test Scores the national average for Asian (1,054) and the national average for White (1,049) students. (See Table 4.) http://www.fcps.k12.va.us/mediapub/pressrel/SAT96.HTM http://www.fcps.k12.va.us/mediapub/pressrel/sattbls.htm#table4 @@Bellevue WA \clip\98\07\bellint.txt http://www.eastsidejournal.com/en/sbin/iarecord?NS-search-set=/35202/aaaa006aW202875&NS-doc-offset=6&NS-adv-search=0& Bellevue International School: The 1st class is world-class By Molly O'Connor Journal Reporter BELLEVUE -- Students at the International School didn't have textbooks, grades or a principal when the school opened in 1991. Somerset Elementary got the highest 4th grade assessment - 72% passed "standard" according to Bellevue school superindendent Mike Riley, who cites it as evidence that the new test isn't too hard. It serves the hill with lots of fancy houses in South Bellevue. 4th grade CTBS scores were at the 72nd percentile. 30% minority, mostly Asian. Chart shows CTBS scores at 91% above 50th percentile, the highest of any school on the chart. Only 2% free / reduced lunch. (Only McAuliffe, Margaret Mead Lk Wash, and 3 or 4 other schools at 1% are lower) @@Best Districts The 100 Best School Districts http://www.offspringmag.com/tools/schools/index.cfm These lists prove you need to be rich, have really smart parents, or both There are 2 Washington school districts among Offspring's 100 Best. Pullman and Richland are the most affordable of these places, and spend only about average amounts on their students. School Location Enrollment Academic Living Expenditures District Performance* Costs* per student* Pullman Pullman 2292.0 98.0 50.0 66.0 -> Washington State University Faculty children Richland Richland 9011.0 95.0 77.0 47.0 -> Hanford nuclear scientists * percentile ranking within region There are 7 California school districts among Offspring's 100 Best. School Location Enrollment Academic Living Expenditures District Performance* Costs* per student* Palo Alto Palo 9437.0 99.0 99.0 90.0 Alto -> Stanford University Palos Verdes Palos 9285.0 99.0 99.0 73.0 Peninsula Verdes Piedmont Piedmont 2628.0 99.0 99.0 81.0 Beverly Beverly 5320.0 99.0 99.0 93.0 Hills Hills -> Rich Carmel Carmel 2452.0 99.0 94.0 81.0 -> Rich Laguna Laguna Beach Beach 2548.0 99.0 99.0 73.0 Modoc Alturas 1200.0 98.0 43.0 70.0 There are 4 Massachusetts school districts among Offspring's 100 Best. School Location Enrollment Academic Living Expenditures District Performance* Costs* per student* Lexington Lexington 5570.0 99.0 98.0 94.0 Weston Weston 1971.0 99.0 99.0 94.0 Wellesley Wellesley 3523.0 99.0 98.0 96.0 Northampton Northampton 2988.0 95.0 82.0 80.0 @@Blue Ribbon schools US Dept of Education \doc\96\07\blueribb.htm .efx Bell Elementary wins national recognition award | href="http://www.arthurhu.com/images/99/08/26/bellblue.gif"> .gifBell El has been designated a Blue Ribbon School by the US DofEd, one of only four schools in the state to earn this distinction. cites increase in WASL scores. "Parents give us valuable input on school programs, but more important is the parent involvement in the classroom all year long" http://www.arthurhu.com/aeduc.htm#excelboston @@Boston MOST BOSTON LATIN STUDENTS COME FROM PRIVATE SCHOOLS \clip\97\25\edclip5.txt Boston Globe Most pupils who tested twice admitted By Beth Daley, Globe Staff, 10/28/97 This year, 54 percent of Latin School's seventh-grade entering class and 74 percent of the ninth-grade entering class are from private schools. The entrance test, called the Independent School Entrance Exam, weighs heavily in deciding who gets into the competitive schools. Last year, it was revealed that many private and parochial schools prepared students for the test, but not all Boston public schools did. CULTURAL LITERACY LEADS TO HIGHEST MATH TEST SCORES IN MORSE BOSTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, NOT "EURO-CENTRIC" http://www.boston.com/globe/ \clip\96\11\morse.htm 'Literate' at 7 or 8 By Jordana Hart Boston Globe Staff, 12/06/96 Morse Elementary in Boston adopts the "Cultural Literacy" theory of E. D. Hirsch, and had the highest math test scores of any city school, educator found out it was not "Euro-centric" at all \clip\97\01\boslatpo.htm "In Boston, New Policy Stresses Scores" Education Week Jan 15, 1997 BOSTON LATIN TO DROP RACE QUOTAS IN 1997 \clip\96\08\boslat.tx AP 15-Nov-1996 School Drops Racial Quotas Policy Boston Latin decides to drop fight to maintain racial quotas, will decide between proportional and other schemes, perhaps even a lottery. Also various Boston Globe articles, check http://www.boston.com/globe/met/latin/lathome.htm ASIANS OVER-REPRESENTED AT LATIN ACADEMY doc941\boslat1.txt: Boston Latin Academy 1992: pct: w42 b31 h+NA 8 a19 index: w1.0 (1.56) b-2.4 h-3.8 a1.4 BOSTON'S LATIN SCHOOLS USE DIFFERENT TEST CUTOFFS FOR WHITES, MINORITIES doc941\priv\latseg.txt The Latin schools accept black and Hispanic students who rank in the 50th percentile or above on their entrance examination and grade point average, said John Coakley, the School Department's chief desegregation officer. At Latin School, the cutoff for whites and Asians is about the 70th percentile, he said. At Latin Academy it is about the 60th. The changes were implemented as part of Garrity's desegregation orders in 1975. @@California priv\96\13\mixscore.htm San Francisco Chronicle Tuesday, April 30, 1996 · Page A1 PAGE ONE --"Mixed Scorecard on State High Schools Gap between suburbs", cities Palo Alto's two high schools, Gunn and Palo Alto, led in most categories. Other high-scoring schools included Lynbrook in San Jose, Monta Vista in Cupertino, Saratoga, Piedmont, Lowell in San Francisco, Campolindo in Moraga, Miramonte in Orinda and Acalanes in Lafayette. At Gunn, for example, 95 percent of seniors took the SAT. Of a possible 1600 points, the average score at Gunn was 1137, well above the state average of 902. Among students who took advanced-placement tests, nearly 87 percent qualified for college credit. The area's lowest-scoring schools included Castlemont, McClymonds and Fremont in Oakland; Balboa, Galileo and Mission in San Francisco; Richmond and Kennedy in Richmond; and tiny Emery in Emeryville. \priv\95\20\humail.txt - balboa has the highest test scores in the state of california @@Chicago [school that tests for iq] It was the new Northside College Preparatory Academy (I think that's the official name; people I know called it the "Chico school" because the #2 guy in CPS lives in the neighborhood (along with a lot of cops and firefighters, almost all white) and he is sending his daughter there. To: