Conant High School has been named one of the top ten public high schools in the state by a national media company.
U.S. News & World Report named Conant the 6th best public high school in the state, and the 2,029th best public high school in the nation. Schools were ranked based on state assessment performance, graduation rates, and college preparedness.
“It’s great to see that we have moved up in the rankings, but we don’t do this for the awards,” said Conant principal Larry Pimental. “It’s all about making sure we meet the needs of every student and that every student has a pathway.”
Last year, Conant was recognized as a bronze recipient, meaning the school ranked in the top third of all schools nationally. Being awarded the silver distinction this year, the school has joined the top 14 percent of all public schools in the nation.
“Our teachers constantly inspire students to push themselves,” said Pimental. “This may be a high school award, but the preparation starts with our middle and elementary schools.”
Jaffrey-Rindge Superintendent Reuben Duncan said he is pleased with the results of the report, but said the school will continue to work on preparing all students for life after high school.
“This award shows that we are doing a great job preparing a certain segment of our students,” said Duncan. “AP testing is not how all students learn. We want to make sure the 70-percent not taking the AP tests are also achieving at a high level.”
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