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May 9, 2014

Report: Local high schools among best in state

GOSHEN — Several area high schools were ranked in the top 2014 U.S. News and World report Best High Schools in Indiana.

Fairfield Jr./Sr. High School ranks 25th with a silver award designation.

“Being in the top 25 schools as ranked by U.S. News and World Report validates the hard work by students, parents, and school staff as we strive for excellence across our academic programs,” said Superintendent Steve Thalheimer of Fairfield Community Schools.

NorthWood High School was listed at 28 and Goshen High School came next at 29 of 127 high schools in Indiana. Concord High School was ranked at 32 with Westview Jr.-Sr. High School listed at 35. Wawasee High School received a 37 ranking and Northridge High School received a bronze award designation.

Thalheimer says the recognition is not just for the Fairfield Jr./Sr. High School.

“It attests to the preparation students receive from kindergarten on up. Our standing does slip relative to other Indiana schools because of their higher rates of participation in the Advanced Placement program,” Thalheimer said, “but we continue to see increased numbers of students earning dual credits as an alternative to AP as a sign of their college and career readiness. We are eager to see this happen for and more students as we implement advanced manufacturing next year and then proceed to roll out Early College.”

Goshen High School has earned the silver award designation and top state ranking for three years in a row, said Goshen Community Schools Superintendent Diane Woodworth.

“We are very proud of this accomplishment for GHS,” Woodworth said.

The recognition for NorthWood High School is reflective of the quality and tradition of excellence that defines Wa-Nee Community Schools, said Superintendent Joe Sabo.

“Being ranked 28 in U.S. News and World Report Best High Schools in Indiana proves the adage, ‘You reap what you sow,’” Sabo said. “The success of NorthWood High School begins in every Wa-Nee kindergarten classroom where the seeds for life-long learning and ‘doing your best’ are planted.”

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