GRAYSON COUNTY, TX-Sherman High School has been ranked in the top 4% in the nation and the top 6% in the state of Texas. Denison High School set a new record on their test scores. I spoke with both districts on how they were able to reach those marks.
"We're certainly pleased that we've received the accolades that we received for our AP performance, this is the fifth year in a row. Our hats are off to our staff and our students for working as hard as they do."
Sherman I.S.D. Superintendent, Dr. Al Hambrick was excited to hear that out of 27,000 high schools across the nation, the Washington Post ranked Sherman High School 1,150th in the top 4%.
The Post's "High School Challenge Index" ranked high schools based on how many students take Advanced Placement, AP, exams and other college-level tests.
Hambrick said Sherman High School's curriculum recommends high school Juniors and Seniors take A.P. classes to gain college credit.
"We feel like that high level of rigor offered in those courses are certainly going to help these students to certainly be prepared for college or whatever else they may choose to do after high school," he said.
A few miles north, Denison High School set a new record high on their standardized test scores.
"Very proud of it. They're 56 points above the state average on SAT and 26 points above the national average and that speaks volumes because Texas usually don't do well in comparison with the rest of the nation," said Superintendent Dr. Henry Scott, who was pleased about the scores. He also said high test scores bring students more than high marks.
"That positions them to get into hopefully a good university or college, but it speaks for what we're doing academically with students and the programs we have in place to help them get where they need to be," he said.
Which was why Denison High School Principal Cavin Boetteger said they decided to incorporate the test preparation programs into the class schedule.
"Utilizing special after school programs and even this year working it into a new schedule within the school day and we're really excited about prospects for next year's scores," he said.
Both Dr. Scott and Dr. Hambrick said they are planning to keep working to get scores higher for next year.