Sol C. Johnson High School Named One of America’s Best High Schools

Sol C. Johnson High School has been named one of “America’s Best High Schools” for 2010 by Newsweek magazine. Newsweek reports a high school is selected for the list based on how hard school staffs work to challenge students with advanced placement college-level courses and tests.

Just over 1600 schools, six percent of all the public schools in the United States made the list for 2010. This is the second year Johnson High School has made the list.

Freddie Gilyard, Ed.D, principal of Johnson High School states, “This recognition is a credit to both teachers and students. Both work very hard to ensure that Johnson’s students are successful. To have been acknowledged for two consecutive years is confirmation that students appreciate challenging work and rise to the expectation of high academic achievement. As the principal, I am professionally proud.”

Johnson ranked 1125 with a challenge index of 1.454. To determine the index, Newsweek researchers take the total number of Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate or Cambridge tests given at a school each year and divide by the number of seniors graduating that May or June. The 2010 rankings are based on Johnson’s numbers from the 2008-2009 school year.

Schools are also given an Equity and Excellence rating, listed as E&E. and a Subs. Lunch rating. The E&E rate is the percentage of all graduating seniors who had a score of three or above on at least one AP test sometime in their high school year.

This calculation includes seniors at the school who have never taken an AP course. Johnson’s E&E is 15.1. The school’s Subs. Lunch is 54. The Subs. Lunch figure reports the percentage of students at the school who qualify for free and reduced lunch.

Sol C. Johnson established in 1959 adheres to its motto, “Not to Equal but Excel”.To read more about Newsweek’s list of “America’s Best High Schools 2010 go ag/americas-best-highschools. html.

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