Logan High School recognized by national magazine

By Thomas Garcia

Logan High School received a Bronze Medal ranking in the 2008 U.S. News & World Report “America’s Best High Schools.”

“Being ranked nationally is a great complement to Logan Schools,” said Logan superintendent Doug Hulce. “It is fantastic that the Logan school system was recognized and we hope to continue to do well.”

The staff works hard in the development and teaching of the curriculum, Hulce said

Logan was one of 16 New Mexico schools to receive a either a silver or bronze medal ranking in the magazine’s report, according to a press release from U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici.

Domenici recognized the 16 schools in a statement published in the Congressional Record, the release stated.

New Mexico high schools receiving silver recognition were: 
l Los Alamos High School, Los Alamos
l Sandia High School, Albuquerque
l La Cueva High School, Albuquerque
High schools receiving bronze recognition, including Logan, were: 
l Academy Tech. & Classic, Santa Fe     
l Bloomfield High School, Bloomfield
l Clayton High School, Clayton
l Cliff High School, Cliff (Silver Consolidated Schools)
l Eldorado High School, Albuquerque
l East Mountain Charter High School, Sandia Park
l Hagerman High School, Hagerman
l Lake Arthur High School, Lake Arthur
l Magdalena High School, Magdalena
l Springer High School, Springer
l Tatum High School, Tatum
l Texico High School, Texico

The report evaluated 18,790 high schools in 40 states. Awards and recognition were based on a three-step process that analyzed the following: one, academic performance in reading and math; two, academic performance of the school’s “least-advantaged students;” and three, college level achievement for the highest percentage of students, using Advanced Placement data as a benchmark for success.

According to the news weekly’s Web site:
l A Gold Medal recognizes the top 100 schools nationally based on College Readiness Index
l A Silver Medal recognizes all other schools with a college-readiness index of at least 20, but that are not in the top 100 nationally
l A Bronze Medal means that either the schools do not offer AP, or do not achieve a college readiness index of at least 20, but successfully meet other two key performance indicator criteria

New Mexico Education Secretary Veronica C. García said, “I am proud of the national recognition our outstanding high schools received for ensuring quality education for all students . . . We invested $4 million over the last two years to expand AP programs in public schools and increased the number of participants statewide by 9 percent in 2007 alone.

“All New Mexico students deserve an excellent educational experience. We will look at these 16 schools for best practices to improve college readiness statewide.”