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Jamestown High School has been ranked among the top 50 high schools in Virginia by U.S. News & World Report.
The school ranked No. 24 in the state in the 2016 rankings, which are determined by a four-step methodology: reviewing how each school’s students performed compared to the statistical expectation for students in that state; assessing whether a school’s disadvantaged students were outperforming other disadvantaged students in the state; identifying if a school meets or surpasses a basic graduation rate benchmark and using Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate test data as the benchmark for college-readiness, according to U.S. News & World Report.
Jamestown was the only WJCC School Division high school to be recognized in the top 50 this year. Both Lafayette and Warhill high schools are unranked.
This is not the first time Jamestown has made it into the top 50. In 2015, Jamestown was ranked No. 18 in the state. However, 2016 is the first year the basic benchmark for graduation rate was included in the methodology.
Principal Cathy Worley said the school is excited to be ranked No. 24 and said it takes a partnership to achieve that recognition.
“A lot of the gratitude and the congratulations go to the students and their hard work, and their family that supports them and the community that supports them,” Worley said.
She commended students on their community service, such as time spent volunteering at Historic Jamestowne, and dedication to “being the best they can be and reaching their future goals.”
Jamestown teachers are also key players in this accomplishment: Worley said they are committed to challenging students and pushing them “a little further” to help them “find the best in themselves.” When a teacher approaches her with a new idea to reach to students, Worley finds a way to support them, she said.
“I think the key is not putting limits on what you can do,” she said.