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Los Alamos Makes Washington Post's Most Challenging High School List

on June 25, 2013 - 7:36am

LAPS News

Los Alamos High School garnered national attention this past week when the Washington Post added LAHS to its 2013 “America’s Most Challenging High School” list.

Earlier in the year, US News & World Report and Newsweek included Los Alamos in their top high schools for 2013.  

“I have been rating the most challenging schools in the country since 1998, said Jay Mathews, creator of the Challenge Index and education columnist for the Washington Post. “This is by far the oldest national rating of our best schools, and the only one that focuses on how hard schools are working to raise achievement of all students, rather than how high their average test scores are. I congratulate the students, teachers and administrators of Los Alamos for creating a school environment that is both exciting and enriching. Please keep it up.”

Mathews described Los Alamos as “one of the strongest high schools in America.”

“The Washington Post rating is acknowledgement to staff, students and the community that improving student achievement is the number one priority of Los Alamos High School,” LAHS Principal Sandy Warnock said. “The high school provides a balanced education for our students including sports, activities, clubs, and electives that go beyond the core subjects that contribute to student achievement. To be recognized by the Washington Post is an honor and affirmation that the time and effort by students and staff does make a difference.”

School Board member Dave Foster, whose daughters graduated from LAHS, congratulated staff and community for supporting high quality education for all students. He said he was particularly excited about the ongoing implementation of the new Strategic Plan, which continues the expansion of Advanced Placement and Dual Credit options for all our students. The plan also introduces new initiatives in the areas of blended online instruction, concurrent high school and associate degree programs in partnership with our local community college and significantly expanded career focused offerings in the emerging alternative energy, robotics, applied sciences and medical technology fields.

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