Flagler County High Schools Continue to Challenge Students

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 8:29am

The Washington Post has been ranking high schools since 1998 as part of the paper’s “Challenge Index.” In the latest list of “America’s Most Challenging High Schools,” both Flagler Palm Coast High School and Matanzas High School made the list, which shows our schools are among the best in the country in preparing students for college-level work.

In all, data from approximately 22,000 public high schools from across the country were examined and right around 12% of those schools managed to land on the list. The Challenge Index takes the total number of Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year.

Using that criteria, Flagler Palm Coast High School came in ranked 1,851 (up from 1,864 last year) while Matanzas High School was ranked 1,848 (up from 1,999 in 2016). By making this list, students and staff at both high schools show how the hard work put into these challenging courses is paying off.

The Washington Post’s ranking looks to be a more inclusive snapshot of a high school campus. A student is given credit just for attempting the challenging courses and tests of AP, IB and Cambridge. According the the Post “A study of 302,969 Texas high school graduates from 1998 to 2002 found that students with low SAT scores who had gotten a score of 2 on an AP test, below the passing mark of 3 on the five-point scale, had significantly better college outcomes than students with similarly low SAT scores who did not take AP.”

You can view the Post’s entire list here: America’s Most Challenging High Schools.