San Marcos High School (SMHS) was included for the fifth consecutive time in Newsweek’s top 1,500 U.S. High School list, coming in at number 1,061.
The list, compiled by Jay Matthews, ranks the schools according to a formula he devised. The criteria includes the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and/or Cambridge tests taken by all students at a school in 2008 and divides by the number of graduating seniors.
“All of the schools on the list have an index of at least 1,000; they are in the top 6 percent of public schools measured this way,” said Matthews in a statement on Newsweek’s website.
Matthews’ formula also takes into consideration the percentage of students receiving federally subsidized meals and the portion of all graduating seniors at a high school that have had at least one passing grade on one Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate test.Email | Print