Plainfield's PAAAS makes list of best high schools in US.
The school district's Plainfield Academy for the Arts and Advanced Studies (PAAAS) has won a place in the US News and World Report annual ranking of US high schools (see story here). PAAAS is one of only 3,500 high schools nationwide to earn a Bronze ranking.
The 374-student competitive-entry high school is one of three in the Plainfield district and the only one to make the US News rankings. It is housed in the former National Starch corporate headquarters building at West Front Street and Rock Avenue.
The student body is 97% minority students, 61% female and 39% male. The graduation rate is 100%.
According to US News, 94% scored as proficient in language tests, and 72% in math, giving what US News refers to as a "college readiness" index of 14.7. (A parent emailed me that the scores used by US News were incorrect: the students scored 98% proficiency in Language Arts and 84% in Math -- which might have bumped the school to an even higher "silver" ranking.)
If you are interested in the methodology used by US News for these national rankings, see here.
As an aside, you can meet students in the visual and graphic arts at tonight's opening for their annual art exhibit. The exhibit is in the Anne Louise Davis Gallery at the Plainfield Public Library, from 6:00 - 8:00 PM.
Congratulations to the students and staff of PAAAS for this fine achievement!
-- Dan Damon [follow]