Sol C. Johnson Ranked as One of the Top Schools in the Nation

The Savannah- Chatham County Public School System is proud to announce that Sol C. Johnson High School was named by the Washington Post as one of the top High Schools in the United States for the third consecutive year.

The annual High School Challenge Index was released on Friday, May 20, 2011. The list is compiled annually by Jay Mathews, a columnist for the Post.

The Index is determined by dividing the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or other college level tests a school gave in 2010, by the number of graduating seniors.

The Washington Post indicates that the Challenge Index measures a public high school’s effort to challenge all of its students. Tests taken by all students, not just seniors, are counted.

The rating illuminates quantifiable factors that reveal a high school’s commitment to preparing students for college. Mr. Mathews states, “AP and IB are important because they give average students a chance to experience the trauma of heavy college reading lists and long, analytical college examinations.”

Johnson High School students take both AP and IB exams. Johnson’s IB Program has grown significantly in the past few years. In 2006, 31 students took 82 IB exams.

In 2010, 106 students took 275 IB exams. Fiftyfive percent of the collegelevel IB exams taken by Johnson students in 2010 received a passing grade of 4 or above. This May, 99 Johnson students are taking 320 IB exams.

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