By MaryHelen Swanson
There was reason for rejoicing in the North Branch schools last week when the district office was notified that US News and World Report had listed North Branch Area High School (NBAHS) among the best high schools in America.
NBAHS was one of only 96 high schools in Minnesota to receive a bronze medal.
In all, 423 secondary schools in the state were evaluated.
Of those that received bronze medals, NBAHS had the highest teacher/student ratio (24:1), proving NBAPS can do more with less, said staff at the district office. There are 1,105 students and 47 teachers.
It was also noted that the high school students were 52 percent proficient in reading, above Minnesota average, and 84 percent proficient in math, also above Minnesota average.
While the high school received the honor, said the district, it was made possible by the work of staff, students, and families starting in Early Childhood and continuing through the elementary and middle school years.
This recognition belongs to the district as a whole, they happily announced.
“It is such an honor to be included among the finest high schools in the state of Minnesota,” said Superintendent Deb Henton. “Our staff works hard under adverse funding conditions and this award again illustrates the dedication this school district has to providing a top notch education regardless of circumstances.”
For more information about U.S. News and World Report’s list of the finest high schools in Minnesota, go to: http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/minnesota.