NEW YORK — The 2013 U.S. News and World Report’s fifth edition of Best High Schools has Fluvanna County High School in the top 10 percent of all public high schools in 49 states and Washington D.C.
FCHS came in at 41st in the Virginia and 1,765 in the nation. The rankings gave Fluvanna a silver medal, given to seven percent of all schools in the country. The top two percent receive gold medals.
“It is truly an honor to be a part of this community of educators and students who continually demonstrate and strive for excellence,” James Barlow, principal of Fluvanna County High School, said in a district press release.
“Fluvanna County High School continues to exemplify the quality of education that we strive to offer to each child who enters our school system. I am proud of the staff and their leadership team,” said schools superintendent Gena Keller in an email to Fluco Blog.
FCHS success in the ranking is in large part to high test scores. The high school has 99 percent of students proficient in reading and 96 percent of students proficient in math. Both are above average in the state.
“To receive recognition for the second year in a row is an accomplishment that the administration and staff of Fluvanna County High School should be proud of. This award is a reflection of the hard work and dedication that our employees provide to the students in our community. As School Board Chair, I am honored to a part of a division that strives for academic excellence and success for all students,” said School Board chairwoman Camilla Washington (Columbia District) in an email.
The rankings did have Fluvanna tied for the 11th highest in the state for student to teacher ratio. The report pegged FCHS with 24 students for every one teacher.
This is the second year the high school was ranked by U.S. News and World Report. In 2012, the school also received a silver medal. In 2012 Fluvanna was ranked 36th in the state and 1,753 nationally.
Keller’s emailed statement concluded, “I am also extremely encouraged by their desire to “not settle” nor rest on their laurels; instead, that they continue to work hard to assure that every child is meeting with success — no exceptions! Congratulations, Flucos!”
The 2013 edition had 56 percent of the schools remain in the same medal section while 38 percent were completely new to the rankings.
“Fluvanna County High School students, staff and administrators are to be commended for their hard work and dedication for what they have achieved in obtaining this designation. It is great to work with such a dedicated group and at the high school, we know that it takes all of us, students, staff and parents to excel. To achieve this honor two years in a row is truly a blessing,” said Barlow in an email to Fluco Blog.
Of neighboring districts, only Louisa and Buckingham high schools were listed in the rankings. Neither received a number ranking but both were bronze award receipents. All three Albemarle high schools were not ranked.
Nick Ward, special education teacher at FCHS said in an email, “Getting this recognition for the second straight year really shows the hard work and dedication of all the staff at FCHS. As an alumnus and now a staff member I am proud to see the highest level of education still being delivered each day. Our staff at Fluvanna is the best around and this is just another check mark to prove it.”
To determine the Best High Schools national rankings, schools were first analyzed at the state level in terms of how well students in each school performed on state assessments, taking into account the test scores of disadvantaged students (low-income, Hispanic, and black), who tend to score lower on tests.
High schools that made it through that analysis were then eligible to be ranked nationally, in terms of college readiness. U.S. News and World Report determines the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work by analyzing student success in Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) programs, both of which include college-level courses. The top two percent of high schools in the country received Gold Awards, seven percent received Silver, and 13 percent earned Bronze Medals from U.S. News and World Report. 21,035 public high schools in 49 states and the District of Columbia were analyzed. Nebraska did not included enough data to be considered for the report.
Editor’s note: A correction of our mistake of inverting teachers to student ratio was made. A second HTML correction was made with an incorrect closure of italics.
A previous version did not have a second Barlow quote or the one Washington quote. Both sent in statements later that are now included.