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Opinion

April 16, 2014

Top honors for NPS

NORMAN — Top honors keep rolling in for both of Norman’s high schools. The district learned this past week that Norman High School and Norman North High School have been recognized as two of the most rigorous high schools in the country and in the state’s top 10.

The Washington Post “most challenging high school” honorees are chosen from about 24,000 American high schools and includes open enrollment high schools like those in Norman and schools with competitive-based enrollment.

The newspaper’s formula weighs heavily on the number of advanced placement or international baccalaureate exams taken divided by the number of graduating seniors.

Earlier this year, NPS learned that the district leads all other Oklahoma school districts, private schools and the Oklahoma School for Mathematics and Science in the number of 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholars.

The national recognition program was established in 1964 by executive order of the president to recognize and honor the nation’s most distinguished high school seniors.

Annually, up to 141 students are named as Presidential Scholars, perhaps the nation’s highest honor for a high school student. Norman schools had seven of them.

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