Thursday, December 10, 2009
BGHS Among Top High Schools Nationwide
Bowling Green High School Receives Third Medal from US News and World Report
For the third consecutive year, Bowling Green High School is at the top of the class among high schools nationwide. Today, US News and World Report released their annual list of America’s Best High Schools. The top 100 high schools in the nation were awarded gold medals, the next 561 silver, and an additional 1,750 bronze. BGHS is one of only 8 high schools in Kentucky to earn a Silver Medal. There were no gold medals awarded in the Commonwealth.
Principal Gary Fields attributes Bowling Green High School’s most recent recognition to the work of everyone in the Bowling Green City Schools Purple family. He says, “I hope everyone takes personal pride in making this honor possible for our school. Our work from preschool to high school, and the support of our alumni and community, has led our students to achieve great things.” He also adds, “It is a great day to be a PURPLE.”
US News and World Report used a three-step formula to calculate the list of top schools. First, they measured how students performed on state tests, adjusting for student circumstances. Next, they evaluated the performance of each school's disadvantaged students. Finally, they looked at the school’s success in providing college-level coursework such as Advanced Placement courses.
BGHS has approximately 1,075 students enrolled in grades 9-12. Of the student population, 34% are minority students, and 44% are eligible for free or reduced lunch. Kentucky Core Content Test results from 2009 confirm Bowling Green High School is performing above the state average in all content areas.
Currently, Bowling Green High School offers 17 Advanced Placement Courses, which are open to all students. In the spring of 2009, 26% of BGHS students completed at least one Advanced Placement exam. Results from the College Board Exams show 62% of those students earned college credit.
US News and World Report will publish the America’s Best High School rankings in the January 2010 issue. Printed copies will be available to subscribers and on newsstands on or around December 17.
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