U.S. News ranks St. Anthony Village High School third in state

U.S. News and World Report ranked St. Anthony Village High School (SAVHS) the third best in the state in its recently released 2013 Best High Schools report. 

U.S. News analyzed data from more than 21,000 public high schools from across the country to determine its rankings.

National rankings are determined using a three-step process. The first two steps, according to the report, ensure that the schools serve all students well, using performance on state proficiency tests as a benchmark. The third step, for schools that made it past the first two steps, assesses the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level course work.

Based on the above-mentioned criteria, schools are eligible to be awarded bronze, silver or gold metals.

To be eligible for a state ranking a school must be awarded a silver or gold medals.’

SAVHS received a silver medal from U.S. News World Reports rankings last year and a bronze medal the year before.

For the first time this year SAVHS received a gold medal, a third place state ranking and a 320 place national ranking.

Mahtomedi High School took top honors in the state with Edina School taking second place.

“A big part of our ranking has to do with our AP [advanced placement] students and college readiness,” SAVHS Principal Wayne Terry said.

Terry said out of the 675 students in the school, 238 of them were enrolled in Advanced Placement classes this school year. Those students who took AP classes make up over one-third of the student population and will take a total of 417 AP exams this year.

In order to demonstrate college readiness Terry said it is important for students to do well in AP courses and on AP exams, which students were still taking at the time this article went to press.

“Returning from college many former students have said that AP courses prepared them for college better than anything else,” the principal said. “It is our hope and goal that students leave here with a meaningful, relevant education that prepares them for post-secondary success.”

SAVHS Director Wendy Webster said the students have been scoring well on the exams, which test student’s knowledge of a wide variety of courses such as: history, mathematics, human geography, biology and physics.

She said if students earn a score of a four or five on the exams they receive college credit for the class, which can lessen the class load once students are enrolled in a college or university.

Webster said overall SAVHS students have demonstrated their ability to show college readiness through involvement in AP classes and high reading and math proficiency results.

The school saw 95 percent of its graduates last school year accepted into college programs, which is among the highest in the state.

Webster said the academic success and national recognition received by SAVHS students is not only a testament to the teachers, who demand a high level of achievement from students, and students who meet or exceed those expectations, but also an incredibly supportive community.

“There is an incredible amount of support from parents and other volunteers in this community,” Webster said. “We would not have the funding to hire staff to fill all the roles volunteers have taken.”

She said last year at Wilshire Park Elementary School alone there were 200 volunteers who logged 6400 hours, or the equivalent of six hours per volunteer for every day of the school year.

Newsweek ranks SAVHS among best

In addition to U.S. News number three ranking, Newsweek announced its top 2000 public high schools in the nation earlier this month and ranked SAVHS number eight in the state.

Newsweek ranks schools based on six criteria: graduation rate, college acceptance rate, AP tests taken per student, percent of students enrolled in at least one AP course, average AP scores, and average SAT / ACT scores.

Newsweek ranked SAVHS ninth in the state last year.

Joshua Nielsen can be reached at  jnielsen@lillienews.com or 651-748-7824.

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