NPS high schools garner national attention
Norman High School and Norman North High School both have been recognized among the nation’s best and most academically challenging high schools.
The Washington Post, which publishes the “America’s Most Challenging High Schools” rankings, reported both high schools ranked in Oklahoma’s top five. Norman High ranked third in the state while Norman North ranked fifth. The publication ranks schools through an index formula that evaluates Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests.
"It is an honor for our professional educators to be nationally recognized for their tremendous work," said Dr. Joe Siano, superintendent of Norman Public Schools. "This achievement speaks volumes for teachers at every school in our district. These repeated, national recognitions are a direct reflection of their cumulative work to prepare our students to succeed in high school and beyond."
Washington Post education columnist Jay Mathews created the list, which ranks schools through an index formula that’s a simple ratio: the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year.
Both schools also were recognized by U.S. News and World Report in the publication’s “Best High Schools” national rankings. Norman North and Norman High were included in the state’s top ten and ranked fourth and seventh, respectively. The list recognizes schools that go above and beyond to prepare students for success after high school.
The Norman Public School District is in the process of implementing Freshman Academies and College and Career Centers at both high schools. The Freshman Academies will focus on helping incoming ninth-grade students successfully transition to high school while College and Career Centers will expand educational opportunities for juniors and seniors through mentorships, internships and dual-enrollment opportunities.
“Our College and Career Centers will provide students with educational settings similar to where they plan to go as they pursue college, career tech, military or a career. We will also use technology to close the digital divide, extend learning opportunities and provide experiences to prepare students for whatever their future may hold.”
Freshman Academies and College and Career Centers currently are under construction and made possible through the community’s support of a recent bond election. They are scheduled to open in the 2017-2018 school year.