Apr 132014

Amity HIgh SchoolThe list has been released, Amity Regional is among the most challenging High Schools in the United States.

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

BASIS          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%





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