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US News Ranks CHS Among the Top 5% of High Schools in the Nation!

US News and World Report ranks Colchester High School among the top 5 percent of the nation’s high schools!

Out of nearly 22,000 schools evaluated nationwide, US News places CHS as #5 in all of Vermont.

And, at #1,144 nationally, CHS received US News’ silver medal designation.

This is not the first time that CHS has received national attention for excellence. Our high school has made Newsweek’s America’s Best High Schools list numerous times.

Regionally, CHS has earned the spotlight for its recent accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), and the school also won high praise from the Vermont Department of Education for its impressive improvements in performance. In fact, Lawrence O. Picus and Associates conducted an extensive case study of CHS for the Vermont State Legislature in order to ascertain how such improvements were accomplished … without high spending (the district spends below the state per-pupil average) and without high teacher salaries (salaries are also below the state average). As a result of the comprehensive study, CHS is being regaled as a model for other high schools across the state.

And that isn’t all. CHS’s performance in the 2011 NECAP assessments was outstanding, producing the highest writing scores in Chittenden County. It also tied with Essex High School and Champlain Valley Union High School (CVU) for the highest math scores, and it tied with CVU for the highest reading scores. CHS also tied for second in the state for its math and writing results and tied for fourth in the state for reading.

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