For the third year in a row, Valle Verde Early College High School (VVECHS) has been named among the best high schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, which surveyed nearly 29,000 high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia in determining its 2016 list.
In addition, three other YISD campuses – Del Valle, Eastwood, and Hanks high schools – were also named to the 2016 Best High Schools in America list by U.S. News & World Report, which was released Monday.
VVECHS was the highest-ranked public school in El Paso, coming in at #83 in Texas and #717 in the nation.
In relation to other Early College High Schools, VVECHS was the only El Paso-area school of its kind to earn state and national rankings – it was ranked #11 in Texas out of more than 150 Early College High Schools.
Out of 1,915 schools in the state of Texas, Del Valle HS came in at #184; Eastwood HS was ranked at #199, and Hanks HS came in at #203. Nationwide, Del Valle HS was ranked #2,177; Eastwood HS was ranked #2,466; and Hanks HS came in at #2,562.
The 2016 U.S. News & World Report’s “Best High Schools in America” rankings reviewed the highest-scoring campuses out of 28,561 public high schools to reflect how well these campuses serve all students – not just those planning to attend college.
The methodology for the rankings was based on two key principles: that a great high school must serve all of its students well – not just those who are college-bound – and it must be able to produce measurable academic outcomes to show it is successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators.
This year, U.S. News & World Report added a new step to its methodology – schools now alsohave to meet or exceed a national standard high school graduation rate to be considered top-performing schools and ranked at a national level.