Newsweek has released its Top High Schools for 2016 and John F. Kennedy High School made the top 500 list. The list can be found here.
To be considered for analysis, schools needed to have state test scores in the top thirty percent. Among those schools, Newsweek and its data partner then ranked the eligible schools based on a variety of factors to determine college and career readiness including: Number of counselors, college acceptance and enrollment, SAT and ACT participation and performance, as well as advanced placement (AP) participation and performance.
In addition to this, Newsweek’s “Beating the Odds” list seeks to identify schools that do “an excellent job of preparing their students for college while also overcoming the obstacles posed by students at an economic disadvantage.” This year, Cedar Rapids Washington High School was ranked 276 on the list of 500, up 151 spots from 427 last year.
Only the top five hundred schools in the country made the final list and Kennedy was ranked 387 out of over 15,000 high schools analyzed. This is the third national ranking list Kennedy has made this year, including the US News Best High Schools and Washington Post Most Challenging High Schools lists. In addition, Kennedy was awarded the Golden Psi Award by the American Psychological Association in 2016, an award given to one school nationwide for efforts in improving learning outcomes for students.
This represents the fourth award Washington has received this year, including The Washington Post’s list of “Most Challenging American High Schools,” the University of Iowa Belin & Blank Center’s list of “Iowa’s Top Advanced Placement High Schools,” and the State Board of Education’s “Breaking Barriers to Teaching and Learning Award.”
Principal Jason Kline says the awards are attributable to three factors: “We have tremendous family support, talented and motivated students, and a faculty that gives 110% to see students achieve.”
“This is truly a testimony to how the Washington staff works hard to prepare every student for post-secondary success and how positively our students respond to our building culture and overall mission,” noted Dr. Valerie Nyberg, Washington Associate Principal.