This week Newsweek released its top 100 high schools across the country. Topping this list – for the second year in a row – is the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky, a public high school located on the campus of Western Kentucky University and led by CEC member, Dr. Julia Link Roberts!
As the Executive Director of the Gatton Academy and through her leadership within The Association for the Gifted, World Council for Gifted and Talented Children and the National Association for Gifted Children, Dr. Roberts has committed her professional career to advancing the lives of high ability children.
Newsweek’s list, America’s
Best High Schools 2013, recognized 2,000 high schools from across the
United States. The Gatton Academy was ranked fifth in 2011 and first in 2012.
International Baccalaureate School at Bartow High (Florida), BASIS Scottsdale (Arizona), School of Science and Engineering Magnet (Dallas, Texas), and The School for the Talented and Gifted Magnet High School (Dallas, Texas) complete Newsweek’s top 5 schools.
Newsweek’s methodology for their rankings highlights schools that prepare students for college. Each school’s score comprises of six components: four-year, on-time graduation rate (25 percent), college matriculation rate (25 percent), Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) tests per student (25 percent), average SAT/ACT scores (10 percent), average AP or IB scores (10 percent), and percent of student enrolled in an AP course (5 percent).
CEC congratulates Dr. Roberts and the staff and students of the Gatton Academy for their impressive accomplishment!