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John Handley High School Receives Best High Schools Designation

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In a list released on April 26, John Handley High School was named a Best High School by U.S. News & World Report. Handley received this designation by ranking in the top 40% of 17,840 public high schools nationwide. In Virginia, Handley ranks #149 out of 333 schools in the state and is #1 in the Winchester, VA Metro Area. The census-designated Winchester, VA Metro Area includes Winchester, Frederick County, and Hampshire County, WV.  

Schools are ranked on their performance on state-required tests, graduation and how well they prepare students for college. Ranking factors include: 

College Readiness Index Rank: The proportions of 12th graders who took and passed at least one AP or IB exam. Passing is worth three times more than just taking.

College Curriculum Breadth Index Rank: The proportions of 12th graders who took and passed AP and IB exams in multiple areas. More exams are valued more than fewer exams up to a maximum of four. Passing an exam is worth three times more than taking.

State Assessment Proficiency Rank: Aggregated scores on math, reading and oftentimes science state assessments that students may be required to pass for graduation.

State Assessment Performance Rank: How aggregated scores on state assessments compare with U.S. News' expectations given the proportions of students who are Black, Hispanic and from low-income households.

Graduation Rate Rank: The proportion of entering ninth graders who graduated four academic years later.

Superintendent Dr. Jason Van Heukelum lauded this designation in a recent email to staff. He congratulated teachers, counselors, and administrators for contributing to the breadth of curriculum offered at Handley, including Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment courses. The Superintendent said:

"We’ve always known that Handley is one of the best, and it is an honor to be recognized in this way. People sometimes assume that a focus on equity means a loss of excellence. We know, however, that an emphasis on learning for all - whatever it takes - only makes us stronger. I am proud of the vast opportunities available to our students, and I hope that families moving to this area realize what a gem Handley is to our community."

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