Seven Guilford County Schools Recognized Nationally

Early College at Guilford ranked No. 5 nationally by Newsweek; Seven GCS schools recognized


Seven Guilford County Schools were recognized by Newsweek’s 2016 Top High Schools list, including the Early College at Guilford, which was ranked No. 5 in the country.

Three GCS schools were named to the publication’s overall 2016 Top High Schools List: The Early College at Guilford (5), Weaver Academy (304) and The Middle College at GTCC-Greensboro (442).

Those three schools and four others from GCS were also named in the “Beating the Odds” list of the nation’s top high schools. That list identifies schools that do an excellent job of preparing students for college while also serving a high percentage of students who live in poverty, accounting for the fact that socioeconomic status is closely correlated with academic achievement across the nation.

The Early College at Guilford was ranked 22nd in the country for Beating the Odds, followed by The Middle College at GTCC-Greensboro (42), Grimsley High (214), The Academy at Central (266), The Middle College at GTCC-High Point (270), Weaver Academy (288) and The Academy at Smith (320).

Each list includes 500 high schools of the approximately 22,000 in the country, putting GCS’ schools in the top three percent in the nation.

Newsweek selects its schools first by looking at student proficiency on state tests. Then, schools are ranked based on college enrollment rates, graduation rates, weighted AP/IB/dual enrollment, weighted SAT/ACT composite, student retention and counselor-to-student ratio.

 This is the third national list to recognize GCS schools for academic excellence in 2016. Earlier this year, U.S. News and World Report also recognized three GCS schools in its 2016 Best High School Rankings with national gold medal status, and the Washington Post named 15 GCS high schools as some of “America’s Most Challenging.” That list recognized schools for persuading a diverse group of students to take college level courses and exams.

The Washington Post rankings put the schools in the top 10 percent in the entire country, three were ranked in the top 10 for the state of North Carolina, and one school made the newspaper’s “Public Elite List.”

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