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Hanover high schools land on top national lists

Posted on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 11:00 am

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Last week Hanover’s high schools were recognized for their academics.

Atlee High School ranked 33 in the state by U.S. News and World Reports and was 1,256 nationally. Hanover High School achieved a state ranking of 36 and was 1,550 nationally. Both schools earned a silver medal.

The list looked at 31, 242 public high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.



The ranking system looks at each school’s students to see if they’re performing better than the average student in the state. Then, they look to see if students who are “least-advantaged” are performing better than the average student in the state. The last step reviews college-readiness performance.

“We’re happy two of our four schools were recognized by the magazine,” said Bob Hundley, chairman of the school board and Chickahominy District board member.

“That speaks highly of our schools,” he added.

Hundley said it’s also important to look at the criteria of each ranking list. Recently three out of the four Hanover high schools were ranked by The Washington Post as some of the most challenging schools. Those schools were Patrick Henry, Atlee and Lee-Davis high schools.

This list looks at the amount of International Baccalaureate and Advance Placement tests given out each year divided by the number of students who graduated, which is known as the “Challenge Index.” A total of 22,000 schools were reviewed nationwide.

“We have to look closely at these rankings,” Hundley said.