As was also recently reported by WCAX News (and watch for this news tonight on WCAX), we are thrilled to announce that Colchester High School once again ranks among the top 5 percent of the nation’s high schools according to US News and World Report, giving CHS its silver medal designation!
This ranking is based upon a number of factors regarding college readiness, including statewide performance data, AP scores, and graduation rate, among others.
And news of CHS’s accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) bears repeating, as does CHS’s high praise from the Vermont Department of Education for its impressive improvements in performance. As we reported in May, Lawrence O. Picus and Associates, at the request of the Vermont State Legislature, conducted a case study of CHS 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, CHS is being regaled as a model for other high schools across the state.
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.
CHS has also made Newsweek’s America’s Best High Schools list numerous times.
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