Local schools make Newsweek’s ‘Top 2,000’ high schools list

Two St. Croix Valley schools made it on to “Newsweek’s” Top 2,000 high schools in the U.S. last week.

St. Croix Preparatory Academy in Baytown Township and Stillwater Area High School made Newsweek’s list at 761 and 838 respectively.

Newsweek sent surveys to more than 5,000 U.S. high schools. According to the data, SAHS scored a 3.08 and SCPA scored a 3.11. The top score in the nation, 4.84, belongs to Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Bowling Green, Ky.

Selection of the schools was based on the following criteria: graduation rate, number of AP or IB tests given per student; college bound students; average SAT and ACT scores; percent of students who receive subsidized lunch, and average AP score
“For every list like this, the criteria is different and varies from publication to publication. Criteria is set by a group with the magazine and not national experts,” said Corey Lunn, Independent School District 834 superintendent. “But saying that, it’s an honor to be included on any of these lists. Our staff works hard, our kids work hard and it’s an honor to be recognized for that.”

SCPA Upper School Director Karen Klinzing agrees. She was very pleased that such a small school like SCPA was recognized.

“We’re excited about it. It’s good sign that we’re doing the right thing here and that what we’re putting together is successful,” Klinzing said.
Among Newsweek’s Best

Below are the reported statistics from Newsweek for each school

Newsweek Score: 3.11
Graduation rate: 90%
Number of AP or IB tests given per student: 0.9
College bound: 95%
Average SAT: Not Available
Average ACT: 25.2
Percent of students who receive subsidized lunch: 18%
Average AP score: 2.3

Newsweek score: 3.08
Graduation rate: 94%
Number of AP or IB tests given per student: 0.5
College bound: 87%
Average SAT: 1806
Average ACT: 24
Percent of students who receive subsidized lunch: 14%
Average AP score: 3.4