U.S. News notes outstanding schools

BY HELEN B. FOSTER

Correspondent

U.S. News & World Report’s “Best High Schools” rankings for 2012 included four Susquehanna County schools.

The rankings – partially based on work  by the American Institute for Research – focus on the principles that a great high school must serve all of its students well, not just those who are college-bound.

Susquehanna Community, Blue Ridge, Elk Lake and Forest City Regional were among the premier high schools out of 21,776 public high schools in 49 states and the District of Columbia analyzed for this report.

Nebraska was the only state that did not report enough data to be evaluated.

SCHS was determined to be in the top 20 percent of great high schools and was awarded a bronze medal.

There is a three-step process to determine the ‘Best’ high schools. The first two steps will show the schools serve all students well, using performance on state proficiency tests as benchmarks. The schools that made it past the first two steps are assessed to determine which schools prepare students for college-level work.

SCSD Superintendent Bronson Stone presented the news to its school board members at their May meeting.

At this time, Stone also offered congratulations to Coach Lawrence Tompkins for the successful basketball season. The Sabers made a successful run for the District II championship by defeating Old Forge, Stone said. The team will proudly wear the championship jackets they received.