U.S. News and World Report released its Best High School national school performance rankings and considered various factors to rank each school within its state as well as in the country.
“The U.S. News Best High Schools rankings include data on more than 24,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia,” the USNWR website said. “Nearly 18,000 schools were ranked on six factors based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college.”
Texas was ranked the 20th best state and was one of only three to have more than 1,000 schools making the list, in between California (1,612) and New York (1,217) with 1,485 of its high schools earning a ranking.
Sealy was the highest-ranked school in Austin County, checking in at No. 437 in the state with a weighted average of the six factors registering 70.28 out of 100 with high scores coming in graduation rate (93%), math proficiency (77%) and reading proficiency (61%) according to the quick-fact scorecard. The school also had 49% of its students registered in Advanced Placement (AP) courses with 27% of those students passing at least one AP Exam.
This was Sealy’s first time making the list according to Megan Oliver, who is in her 10th year as principal of Sealy High School.
“It's nice to be recognized in a county that has three high schools where everybody's working hard to make a list and that's a nationwide list, it's not like it's just rating Texas schools,” she said in a phone interview Friday afternoon. “We're always excited to get recognition, I've got a lot of awesome teachers and staff that are working really hard and doing amazing things.”
Sealy Superintendent Sheryl Moore was similarly proud of the efforts shown and commended the work being done at Sealy High School.
“I'm so proud of that,” she said in a Thursday phone conversation. “That's a big deal; you have to be in the top 40% of all the schools to even be listed, so that's confirmation that we are absolutely moving everything in the right direction. I'm very proud of that.”
One of those things that helped Sealy attain its ranking is the new college and career center although this ranking only took the college readiness aspect into consideration.
“College readiness is really important to us and I really rather they made it college and career readiness but the career isn't being recorded,” Oliver said. “We're always trying to do better and make our kids better and offer them all the opportunities that we can.”
For the other Austin County schools, Bellville was ranked 6,030 nationally and 497 in the state with a scorecard registering 66.11 out of 100. Brazos checked in at 11,821 in the country and 1,063 in the state, boasting a 100% graduation rate.