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April 24, 2013

NHS, NNHS in top ten

NORMAN — Both Norman High School and Norman North High School are included in U.S. News and World Report’s annual “Best High Schools” 2013 list, which was just released Tuesday.

U.S. News ranked NHS and NNHS in the top 10 high schools of Oklahoma and in the top five percent of all high schools across the nation.

Additionally, Norman Public Schools and Edmond Public Schools are the only large Oklahoma school districts to have all of their high schools represented in the Top 10 list.

U.S. News’ ranking methodology is complicated but it heavily favors schools that have high percentages of students taking Advanced Placement courses and achieving scores on AP exams qualifying for college credit, have high proficiency rates on state exams and have close achievement gaps between socio-economic student groups.

Norman Superintendent Dr. Joe Siano congratulated NHS Principal Scott Beck and NNHS Principal Bryan Young, Norman high school students, secondary teachers and counselors for their achievement.

“National recognitions such as U.S. News & World Report’s ‘Best High Schools’ list help to build public awareness for what we in the district and Norman community already knew to be true: Our students and staff are extraordinary and are to be commended,” Siano said. “As we continue to strengthen our AP programs at the high school level and add more advanced opportunities at the middle school level, we are confident that even more state and national recognition for our district and community will be the result.”

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