MEDFORD, Ore. — Two Medford schools are now ranked among the best schools in the nation. Logos Public Charter School and South Medford High School were listed in the U.S. News and World Report's Best High Schools rankings.
The report looks at graduation rates, test scores, and the overall readiness for graduating students headed to college.
"Last year our scholars program had about 133 kids that were sent to college while in high school—and we paid for their college credits, getting them right onto the college campus, right in high school. We paid for 2800 college credits last year for our students we had seven students graduate with their associates degree already paid for right out of high school," said Sheryl Zimmerer, the Executive Director of Logos Public Charter School.
Logos received a Bronze rating from U.S. News, with a graduation rate of 91 percent, Reading proficiency of 76 percent, and Mathematics proficiency of 42 percent. Logos student test scores ranked higher than both the district and state averages.
"This year our valedictorian has a 4.7 GPA and he has an associates degree that he will graduate with when he graduates and he’s only 16 years old. He’ll be 17 going into college in the fall as a junior," said Zimmerer.
This is the second award that the Logos Public Charter School has won this year. Back in the fall they were named as one of the best non-profits to work for in the state of Oregon by the Oregon Business Magazine.
Zimmerer says that by introducing high school student to college courses it eases the transition after graduation. "One of the things that sometimes 18-year-olds get nervous about when they get done with high school is 'What am I going to do?' and it seems like such a huge decision, 'What am I going to do? Where am I going to go?' If we start that process in high school they really get used to the campus and they feel like this is just the next step, it's not some huge decision."
For other kids, the early introduction allows them to become comfortable with the idea. "It really helps kids to realize that it’s okay to go to college, it’s a good thing and we can get some credits and it’s paid for," said Zimmerer.
South Medford High also received a Bronze rating, with a graduation rate of 88 percent, Reading proficiency of 73 percent, and Mathematics proficiency of 39 percent. South Medford student test scores ranked higher than both the district and state averages.