2009-12-24 / Front Page

Forbes Road Recognized By U.S. News

Awarded bronze medal in “Best High Schools” listing
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

Forbes Road Junior-Senior High School was among five schools located in the tri-state area to receive high marks from the U.S. News & World Report during the publication’s recent third annual review of the best high schools in the nation.

Released December 10, the best school in America report listed the northern Fulton County high school as a bronze medal winner for outperforming state standards. A total of 21,786 national public high schools were examined through the report, which was compiled by U.S. News in conjunction with School Evaluation Services.

Other schools receiving recognition locally were South Hagerstown High School, which was also awarded the distinction of being a bronze medal finalist, and silver medal winners Clear Spring, Hancock Middle/Senior and North Hagerstown high schools.

The rankings compiled by U.S. News reportedly involve a three-step process that involves analyzing how each school educates all of their students, then their minority and disadvantaged students, and finally their college-bound students based on student scores on statewide tests, Advanced Placement tests and International Baccalaureate tests.

Top performing schools receiving the gold and silver distinctions are recognized as having met all criteria. Bronze winners, such as Forbes Road, met or surpassed state test performance criteria but have not yet demonstrated high levels of measurable college readiness.

Gold, silver, bronze and honorable mention awards were given to 1,787 schools across the nation, the U.S. News report noted. No monetary award is given in connection with the announcement, but all medal and honorable mention winners are eligible to utilize the 2010 America’s Best High Schools badge for identification purposes.

“We are certainly excited and proud to be recognized as a bronze medal award winner form the U.S. & World Report,” Forbes Road acting Superintendent Fred Foster told the “News” following the announcement. “Based off of early indicators, this report reflects data from the Class of 2008. Key principles state schools must serve all of its students well, not just those college bound and must be able to produce measurable outcomes to show the school is successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators.”

“This is a humbling experience. Our teachers, administrators and support staff work hard to ensure the success of our students. With the help and support of parents, our goal is to make sure every student reaches his or her potential and has options available to them upon graduation. The students and alumni should be proud and also recognize their role is to take advantage of the opportunities that are presented to them on a daily basis. There is no substitute for hard work,” Foster concluded.

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