2017-05-14 / News

Chesaning rated among best high schools in the nation

By Jeanne Marcello
Staff Reporter

CHESANING – On May 8, Principal Kim Vincke informed the Chesaning Union Schools Board of Education that Chesaning High School has been rated among the top high schools in the nation, according to a report by U.S. News and World Report.

Vincke attributes the success to several factors, “Focusing on best practices, our high school staff works diligently at curriculum while keeping the holistic student perspective as a main goal. Our staff genuinely cares about all of our students, believes that all students can learn and achieve, and works hard to ensure that students are career, college and work-ready.”

She explained 22,000 high schools across the 50 states and the District of Columbia were rated in the study. Of these, 70.5 percent did not meet the criteria to medal.

Chesaning was among the 16.8 percent of the high schools in the nation honored in the bronze medal category. Another 10.3 percent won silver status; and 2.4 percent won gold.

Chesaning is among 10 high schools in the area that received medals. Other area schools that made the list were #23 Frankenmuth (silver), #55 Grand Blanc (silver), #57 Saginaw Arts & Science Academy (silver), #58 H.H. Dow High School (silver), #75 Owosso High School (silver), #90 Midland High School (bronze), #96 Heritage High School (bronze), #119 Chesaning High School (bronze), #121 Millington High School (bronze) and #132 Bullock Creek High School (bronze).

Vincke told the Chesaning school board about the criteria used in the rating. Students had to perform better than expected in their state. Disadvantaged students had to perform better than state average. Student graduation rates had to meet or exceed a national standard. And finally, students have to be prepared for college-level coursework.

Vincke told the school board that 245 of 1,575 Michigan high schools were nationally recognized, receiving a total of six gold medals, 79 silver medals and 160 bronze medals.

Schools were ranked using a combination of the Common Core data on the U.S. Department of Education website, college board testing, statewide accountability proficiency test results and graduation rates.

She explained course offerings are constantly being evaluated, with emphasis on educational development plans for every student. They always keep demographics and student future plans in the forefront of decision-making. Earlier this school year, Vincke implemented an on-campus dual enrollment program in conjunction with Delta College. It offers advanced placement classes and is expanding vocational education opportunities for students.

“We recognize that students have varying interests and need access to different career pathways,” she said.

“To be in the 29.5 percent of nationally recognized high schools, and ranked in the top eight percent of Michigan high schools, is a testimony to how hard our staff and students work at education,” Vincke said.

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