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Hughesville, Montgomery Named Among America’s Best High Schools

By Staff | Feb 5, 2009

Two area high schools were recognized this week as two of America’s Best High Schools by a major publication.

Hughesville High School and Montgomery Senior High School were awarded bronze medals by the publication U.S. News & World Report.

The announcement was made by Ron Lorson, Hughesville High School principal, who made the information available on the East Lycoming School District’s website.

In the posting, Lorson said, “Hughesville High School has been identified as one of the Best High School’s in America according to U.S. News & World Report. We are very proud of this recognition. With hard work and continued emphasis on our instruction, we hope to continually achieve this distintion. Our goal is to provide even more for our students through higher academics and career planning.”

America’s Best High Schools recognizes three categories of distinction: gold, silver, and bronze. Analysis is based on Standardized test performance; proficiency rates of all students, including the least advantaged; and challenging college-ready curriculum.

The bronze medal recognizes high schools that met the first two criteria of the America’s Best High Schools methodology, but not the third. These schools have demonstrated commendable performance on state tests, but did not perform well enough on the college readiness index to merit identification as a top-performing high school.

Hughesville High School has an enrollment of 859 students in grades 7-12, 27.1 percent of whom are disadvantaged. Overall Student Performance State Test Performance Index ranked at 99.4 percent, while disadvantaged students’state test proficient rate was 60 percent.

Montgomery Senior High School’s 9-12 grade enrollment is 310. Disadvantaged student enrollemtn is 60.6 percent. Overall student performance on the state test performance index is 89.2 percent, with disadvantaged students’ state test proficiency rate at 53.6 percent.

A third county school, Loyalsock, earned a silver award by the publication.

It was the publication’s second annual list of America’s Best High Schools. A complete list of America’s Best High Schools, as well as details about the analysis and the methodology used to develop the ranking, is available at www.usnews.com/highschools or www.schoolmatters.com.