West High School Earns Recognition

The Washington Post has released its 2016 list of America’s Most Challenging High Schools, and Morristown-Hamblen High School West has been named as 13th in the state of Tennessee.

“This is an incredible honor for West High School to be names to such an elite list of schools by the Washington Post,” director of schools Dr. Dale Lynch said.  “This list is based on high school seniors having the opportunity to participate in and take college-level courses and exams.  West has met that challenge.  I just think the leadership throughout the administration is outstanding, and the teachers have been magnificent.  This acknowledgement really shows their dedication and hard work,” he continued.  “In addition, I must thank the students.  They are not looking to take the easy way out, and they have been willing to be challenged by taking these courses.  I say congratulations to all of them.”

The schools were ranked based on the Challenge Index, a number derived by dividing the total number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Cambridge tests given each school year by the number of seniors graduating in May or June.  The ranking does not take into account the scores students receive on the tests, just that the tests and classes are being taken.

Writer Jay Mathews said this is because “many high schools keep those rates artificially high by allowing only top students to take the courses.”  He said the list is compiled as it is because these advanced tests and classes are important.  They give students the chance to experience college-level work during their high school years.  Therefore, the list shows the schools best preparing students for college.

-by staff reports, Citizen Tribune

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