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2015-05-21

BHS ranks as a top school in nation

Special to the Courier

Bandera High School has been ranked by US News magazine as one of the best high schools in Texas - and the nation - for 2015.
Bandera High School earned a Silver Medal in the national US News survey and, as a result, ranked in the top 12 percent of high schools in Texas. To be eligible for a state ranking, a school must be awarded a national gold or silver medal.
Bandera earned its silver medal based on student academic performance on college readiness indicators on the state exit exams.
Only 400 high schools in Texas made the US News National Ranking - out of 21,000 public high schools in the nation. Data indicates that it's incredibly difficult to achieve a gold, silver or bronze medal under the US News methodology. A three-step process determined the "Best High Schools."
The first steps ensured that the schools served all their students well, using, as benchmarks, performances on the math and reading parts of state testing.
Schools that made it through the first two steps in the process became eligible to be judged nationally on the final step - college readiness using Advanced Placement (AP) test data as a measure of success. AP is a college board program that offers college level courses at high schools across the country.
The third step evaluated which schools produced the best college-level achievement for the highest percentages of their students.
"I am ecstatic about our Silver Medal national rating. Bandera High School provides an excellent all around program," said Principal Gary Bitzkie. "Our students and teachers deserve a pat on the back for their hard work earning this national honor."