Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Magazine ranks two Metro schools as nation's best

By JAIME SARRIO • Staff Writer (Tennessean) • May 20, 2008 Two Metro Nashville schools earned a spot in the top 25 of Newsweek’s list of America’s best public high schools, released this week. Martin Luther King Jr. ranked 23rd while nearby Hume-Fogg took the 24th slot. Both schools are academic magnets, meaning they have selective entrance processes. The schools were the highest placeholders in Tennessee. The Newsweek list is devised using the number of Advanced Placement and or International Baccalaureate tests taken by students at a school in 2007 divided by the number of graduating seniors. Rounding out Tennessee’s top five is Brentwood High School in Brentwood, which placed 187th, Hillsboro High in Nashville at 390th and Ravenwood High in Brentwood at 465th. BASIS Charter School in Tucson, Ariz., took first place. Contact Jaime Sarrio at 726-5964 or jsarrio@tennessean.com

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Let's see the rankings of the schools of zone in Nashville. Many of them fail miserably. The top students from our schools of zones are in the magnet schools. A student may be removed from a magnet school if they do not meet academic or discipline standards. Too bad our schools of zones don't have such standards (at least for the discipline). When Metro Schools makes all of our zone schools free of discipline problems and students who will not try, then maybe all of our test scores will come up. Teachers in these schools are in combat zones. I cannot imagine trying to teach knowing there were gang members in the class who would shoot you in a heartbeat. Bragging that you have two top schools with private school standards is not a true reflection of the condition of Metro Schools. Does Mayor Dean care? His kids are in private schools. What about the new school board candidates whose children also attend magnet schools? Are they in touch of the reality of schools of zone? Maybe the mayor and the school board need to spend some time in our schools of zone like the mayoral candidates did with the homeless. Our everyday kids are crying out for help. Is anyone listening? Does anyone care?