ASHLAND, Ore. — There is only one Rogue Valley school listed in the new rankings for the nation’s best high schools.
For the fourth time in seven years, and now for the first time in back-to-back years, Ashland High School has been recognized for its academics by U.S. News and World Reports.
Criteria for the national rankings include performing statistically better in reading and math assessment compared to other students in the state, “least advantaged” students performing statistically better, and a “college readiness” score using results from Advanced Placement exams.
Ashland High School officials say it is an honor to win the award, however, the recognition is made possible through the hard work of the students, community and educators.
“This is not a high school award. We’re taking the kids to the finish line, and we’re being handed the baton from teachers that did it from kindergarten to eight grade and all the way up,” Karl Kemper, the Assistant Principal/Athletic Director.
The Ashland School District Superintendent says the awards have come among budget cuts with increased class sizes as well as increased requirements for graduation.
Officials also point to the advisory program put in place over the past few years to help students who may have been unable to seek immediate assistance from the school counselors.