EBR High Schools Make U.S. News & World Report’s Best Schools List
- December 10, 2008
McKinley and Baton Rouge Magnet high schools are among the nation’s best high schools, according to a report from U.S. News & World Report that came out Friday, December 5. This is the second year in a row that Baton Rouge Magnet High School has made the list.
The magazine and School Evaluation Services collaborated on the 2009 Best High Schools list. School Evaluation Services is a K-12 education and data research and analysis business that provides parents with education data (www.schoolmatters.com). Together, they analyzed academic and enrollment data from more than 21,000 high schools to find the very best across the United States. The top schools were placed into gold, silver, bronze or honorable mention categories. Thirty-nine Louisiana Schools made the U.S. News list.
“The success of our high-school level magnet and Gifted and Talented programs, Advanced Placement classes and college-prep courses through our dual enrollment program is evident at these two schools,” said Charlotte Placide, superintendent of East Baton Rouge Parish School System. “They exemplify our best and brightest, and principals Nanette Greer (BRMHS) and Armond Brown (MHS) are to be commended.”
Baton Rouge Magnet (BRMHS) and McKinley (MHS) high schools were two of only three schools from East Baton Rouge Parish listed. Baton Rouge High was given a silver award, while McKinley High earned a bronze. On the list’s link to School Matters data, Baton Rouge High showed 97.3 percent proficiency in reading and in math. McKinley High showed 66.4 percent proficiency in reading and 66.5 percent in math.
Baton Rouge Magnet High provides an award-winning college preparatory and visual and performing arts curriculum. The faculty and staff are committed to providing a learning climate to help students develop the skills and attitudes of successful citizens in a global environment. The high school offers 18 Advanced Placement, 22 Honors and four foreign language courses. In addition, the school also maintains a strong curriculum in visual and performing arts, with special classes for those students identified as "talented."
Besides the U.S. News designation, Baton Rouge High has received the following awards: • 2008 Magnet Schools of America • 2007 College Readiness Award • 2007 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics & Science Teaching • 2007 Toshiba/NSTA Exploravision Award • 2006 Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement • 2006 Magnet Schools of America School of Distinction • 2005 Magnet Schools of America School of Distinction • 2004 Creative School Ticket of Excellence • 2003 Blue Ribbon School
A truly comprehensive high school, McKinley High School emphasizes academics as the main focus of its students’ educational experiences. Students have opportunities to follow curricula for jobs and for college preparation. In addition to traditional high school courses, McKinley has the only comprehensive self-contained Gifted Program in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System. It offers 21 Advanced Placement classes; courses in visual and performing arts for “talented” students; concurrent enrollment at Louisiana State University, Southern University and Baton Rouge Community College; an honors curriculum; and a Great Scholars magnet component. Numerous courses in music, dance, theater and visual arts; four foreign language programs; computer science and technology opportunities; classes in graphic arts, business and family science; athletics; auto mechanics studies; and special education services provide a plethora of opportunities for all students.
In addition, McKinley students have been the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships. McKinley High School has recently been recognized for: • 2008 Siemens Award for Advanced Placement • 2006 National Quiz Bowl Playoff Team • 2005-2008 Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills State Competition (winner/place) • 2007 Siemens Foundation National Science Fair
Principal Brister in Washington, D.C., to Accept McKinley Middle School’s Second Blue Ribbon Award
On Tuesday, November 13, 2012, Principal Herman Brister (pictured, left) and the school’s Teacher of the Year, Lynn Williamson (right), were in Washington, D.C., accepting McKinley Middle Academic Magnet School’s National Blue Ribbon Award from U.S. Department of Education’s Director of National Blue Ribbon Schools Program Aba Kumi (center). The event, which recognized some 314 schools from across the United States, was held at the Omni Hotel. Click herefor story.
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