So I actually got around to reading the article we were all commenting on a while back. Some of the highlights....
- The school ranked #11 overall, (#4 among open enrollment schools), is Hidalgo HS in Hidalgo, TX. It serves 810 Hispanic students, 90% "economically disadvantaged." They had a 94% graduation rate. They offer 16 AP classes, and they put every student in at least two APs, though only 44% scored a 3 or better on at least one AP test; still, taking and passing the class does provide valuable experience.
Hidalgo is also a failing school according to No Child Left Behind. Hmmmm... so which is it? No. 11 high school in the nation, or a failing school? How can either of those labels suffice to tell the story? (Get used to the surprise though - NCLB, if not changed, will label virtually every school - certainly every city and state - a failure by 2014).
- For what it's worth (not much, but maybe interesting to some)...comparing our schools to other large, open-enrollment high schools...
Among schools serving 1,000 or more students... Gunn is #16, Paly #26.
If we narrow it to open enrollment and >1500 students... Gunn is #9, Paly #15.
And as someone mentioned once before, we're fairly well represented as a city. Among other cities represented multiple times, the next smallest is Tucson, AZ - pop. 520,000 (approx.). Luckily for us, Lynbrook, Monta Vista, and Saratoga are all in different cities from each other, because otherwise, that's a pretty impressive five-mile stretch.
So... sleep well, Palo Alto!! We're not that bad... ha ha ha.