Did you know that there are over 21,000 public high schools in America? All three traditional high schools in Martin County ranked among “Newsweek Magazine’s America’s Best High Schools of 2013” list. These high schools have proven to be the most effective in preparing high school graduates for college with quality education, teachers, administrators, and staff. Congratulations to Jensen Beach High School (#969) in Jensen Beach, and Martin County High School (#1,273), and South Fork High School (#1,322) in Stuart!
Martin County is a school district where it is not uncommon to take your child out of private school or charter school and enroll them into the local public high school. Some advantages to the Martin County public high school system: Advanced Placement Curriculum (AP) is college level courses offered to those high school students who obtain high enough scores on various subjects. The International Baccalaureate diploma program (IB) is a rigorous pre-university course of study leading to international standardized tests. Athletics, is also is big component of the schools, winning trophies and championships as well.
To determine a schools rank, Newsweek.com considered six main factors that included students’ standardized test scores and statistics related to students’ college readiness. The list is based on six components: graduation rate (25%), college acceptance rate (25%), AP/IB/AICE tests taken per student (25%), average ACAT/SAT scores (10%), average AP/IB/AICE scores (10%) and percent of students at least enrolled in one of those courses (5%). Last year the methodology considered the school’s curriculum, this year it considered how perplexing the courses actually are. Newsweek.com also took into consideration the number of students enrolled in college level courses and divided that by total enrollment.
Martin County High Schools have an average 97% graduation rate, with 92% of the graduating student pursuing a college education and a majority earning a degree. Other local public high schools who have also ranked well in the Newsweek list are: Jupiter High School (#1,523) in Jupiter and Palm Beach Gardens High School (#1,604) in Palm Beach Gardens.
Congratulations to all students, administrators, teachers and staff on a job well done!