Los Alamos High School (LAHS) has been named one of America’s Most Challenging High Schools for 2014 by the Washington Post.
LAHS is one of only four high schools in New Mexico to make the list, receiving a ranking of 705 of the 2,050 schools. LAHS Principal Sandy Warnock praised students and staff Thursday for this notable accomplishment.
“The Los Alamos community should feel very proud that our high school was named to the Washington Post list of America’s Most Challenging High Schools,” Warnock said. “Credit goes to the hard work of students and the commitment to excellence by staff, which made this recognition possible. This recognition highlights our community’s belief in high quality schools. It also speaks well of the willingness of students to take on a challenging and rigorous course of study.”
Los Alamos School Board President Judy Bjarke-McKenzie said, “The School Board would like to send their congratulations to the students for achieving what we knew they could. “The faculty and administration should share in the honor because they were part of it. This is an excellent honor and we should all be very proud.”
“America’s Most Challenging High Schools” ranks schools through an index formula that is a simple ratio: the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year. A ratio of 1.000 means the school had as many tests as graduates.
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