The district is proud to boast that Elwood-John H. Glenn High School has been named to The Washington Post’s annual list of America’s Most Challenging High Schools in the United States. In this year’s Challenge Index, Elwood-John H. Glenn is ranked No. 82 in New York State.
“We are very pleased with the Elwood-John Glenn High School's recognition from The Washington Post for America's Most Challenging High Schools,” said Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Gary Furman.
In order to calculate an index score for each school, researchers took the total number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year and divide it by the number of seniors who graduated in May or June.
“Our improved ranking is directly related to the efforts and actions of our students taking the opportunity to participate in AP courses as a result of the open enrollment program,” said Dr. Furman. “Our teachers have provided the instruction and encouragement to allow students to be successful on AP exams, as 86 percent of students taking AP exams in 2015 scored a 3 or higher. Since the 2012-13 school year, there has been a 55 percent increase in the number of students taking AP courses.”
Public schools that achieved a ratio of at least 1.00, meaning they had as many tests in 2015 as they had graduates, were put on the national list. Schools are ranked in order of ratio.
“We know that the teachers in Harley Avenue Primary School, James H. Boyd Intermediate School and Elwood Middle School are key to the success of JGHS, as they have provided students with the foundation to be successful,” Dr. Furman noted. “We are very proud of the administrators, teachers, and students for this accomplishment.”