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MHS earns Newsweek recognition again

For the second year in a row, Manhattan High School is one of America’s Best High Schools, according to the criteria set by Newsweek Magazine. Improving on last year’s ranking, Principal Terry McCarty was thrilled, but not surprised. In an interview by the Manhattan Mercury, McCarty congratulated the students, faculty, and staff of Manhattan High School for this terrific accomplishment.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

MHS had a Challenge Index of 1.258 this year, up from last year’s rating of 1.094. “For us to move that much is incredible,” McCarty said. This puts MHS in the top 5 percent of all US public schools rated this way. (Newsweek’s Challenge Index is the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and/or Cambridge tests taken by all students at a school in 2007 divided by the number of graduating seniors.) Making the list required a Challenge index of 1.00 or greater and just over 1600, or 6%, of the 27,000 Public schools ranked, did so. MHS was one of only eight schools recognized in Kansas.

“MHS also has 26 percent of seniors passing at least one AP exam before they graduate, which is well above the 16 percent national average.” McCarty added that this improvement is an indication of how well the school is preparing students for college and careers after graduating. and he attributed this to good kindergarten through eighth grade schooling as well, “developing a foundation for our kids,” he said.

Information is also available from Manhattan-Ogden USD 383.
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