Lee Vining High School has made the Washington Post’s High School Challenge Index for the first time this year, according to the school's principal, Roger Yost. The small rural school was ranked 707th in the nation out of approximately 22,000 high schools, placing it in the top 3% of all high schools. It also was placed 90th of the over 1,800 high schools in California.
The Challenge index, created in 1998 by Washington Post columnist Jay Matthews, is the simple calculation of Advanced Placement tests given at a school last year divided by the number of graduates.
With a few exceptions, public schools that achieved a ratio of at least 1.000, meaning they had as many tests in 2011 as they had graduates, were put on the national list at washingtonpost.com/highschoolchallenge. In 2011, Lee Vining students took 37 AP exams and graduated just 16 seniors for an average of 2.3 tests each.
The faculty and parents at Lee Vining have done an excellent job pushing average students to challenge themselves with more difficult coursework that will better prepare them for college. Advanced Placement classes are designed to be an equivalent to an introductory college course. In early May, students take AP exams and if they do well, their high school coursework will be given college credit at most universities in the United States.
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