Each year Jay Mathews from The Washington Post puts together a list of the nation’s most challenging high schools.
Mathews looked at 1,900 schools nationwide.
No, Amity wasn’t in the top 100, but it did rate using Matthew’s Challenge Index.
The schools are ranked by “index score,” which the Washington Post explains this way: “The index score is the number of college-level tests given at a school in the previous calendar year divided by the number of graduates that year. Also noted are the percentage of students who come from families that qualify for lunch subsidies (Subs. lunch) and the percentage of graduates who passed at least one college-level test during their high school career, called equity and excellence, (E&E). A (P) next to the school’s name denotes a private school.”
According to the chart, this is the lowest Amity has placed on the nationwide list, moving from 1,856th in the nation with an index of 1.127 in 2011 to 1,567 this year with an index of 1.543.
The Number 1 most Challenging High School in the nation according to The Post is BASIS Oro Valley, in Arizona
Here is a side-by-side comparison between BASIS and Amity
4-year graduation rate 100% 92.1%
Average ACT score 0.0 24.1
Average SAT score 1,856 1,674
Enrollment 142 1,632
Students attending 4-year colleges 85% 86%
Students in Special Education 0% 11%