Los Alamos named among America's Best High Schools

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By Carol A. Clark

Los Alamos High School is among three New Mexico high schools to receive a silver award for ranking among the nation's top high schools according to the 2008 U.S. News & World Report “America’s Best High Schools.”

There were 13 state schools receivng the bronze award.Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., commended the high schools on being recognized among the best in the nation in a statement published in the Congressional Record. “I was pleased to learn that 16 of New Mexico’s high schools were awarded with silver and bronze medals for outstanding performance as part of U.S. News and World Report’s first ever high school rankings,” Domenici said in a statement. “Teachers and staff at these high schools have demonstrated their commitment to excellence through quality education. This is a deserved recognition for the excellent work these schools are doing, and I congratulate them on their success.”The report evaluated 18,790 high schools in 40 states. Awards and recognition were based on a three-step process that analyzed:• Academic performance in reading and math;• academic performance of the school's "least-advantaged students"; and• college level achievement for the highest percentage of students, using Advanced Placement data as a benchmark for success.“We’re always proud of the accomplishments that have been awarded to our high school,” said Los Alamos Superintendent of Schools James Anderson. “And I think we have to always remember to attribute these achievements to our great staff and to the students who are the ones who do the work.”LAHS Principal Grace Brown agreed saying, “I think it’s wonderful and it says a lot for our staff as a whole and for the previous administration, our counselors and our students and their parents.”Parents in Los Alamos are so supportive of their children and the work the children do, she said, adding that the community also deserves a lot of credit. “It really does take a community effort to make something like this happen,” Brown said. New Mexico Education Secretary Veronica Garcia said in a statement, "I am proud of the national recognition our outstanding high schools received for ensuring quality education for all students. Closing the achievement gap in New Mexico and preparing our students for the college experience are among our top priorities."Silver award recipients are:• Los Alamos High School, Los Alamos• Sandia High School, Albuquerque• La Cueva High School, AlbuquerqueBronze award recipients are:• Academy Tech. & Classic, Santa Fe• Bloomfield High School, Bloomfield• Clayton High School, Clayton• Cliff High School, Cliff• Eldorado High School, Albuquerque• East Mountain Charter High School, Sandia Park• Hagerman High School, Hagerman• Lake Arthur High School, Lake Arthur• Logan High School, Logan• Magdalena High School, Magdalena• Springer High School, Springer• Tatum High School, Tatum• Texico High School, TexicoFor information and a copy of the magazine’s report, access www.usnews.com.