IMLAY CITY — What is the measure of success when it comes to education?
According to U.S. News & World Report, Imlay City High School fits the bar.
The high school has just been recognized as one of 'America's Best' schools by the international publication and earned a bronze medal. The school was one of just 206 in the state selected for the distinction.
This is the second time Imlay City High School has received such distinction. The school earned a bronze medal from U.S. News & World Report in 2008 as well.
"The criteria used at that time, and the resulting findings regarding Imlay City High School were very similar to this year's award," says Stu Cameron, the district's executive director for curriculum and instruction. "The school was recognized for exceeding statistical expectations for performance."
U.S. News & World Report reviewed more than 20,000 public high schools across the country. The reviews highlighted three key elements: whether the school's students were performing better than statistically expected based on their state's average; whether the school's least advantaged students were performing better than the state average and college readiness performance.
Cameron says Imlay City made its way to the top because the numbers don't lie.
"Imlay City High School demonstrated tangible results," Cameron says. "Students at Imlay City High School performed better than statistical expectations given their demographics, the level of school funding we receive, and other proven obstacles they face."
There are many AP and college prep classes on the roster at Imlay City High School as well, Cameron adds.
He says the recognition is an honor, and should be spread among the entire community.
"Recognition of this type doesn't happen because of the work of a single individual, or even a small group of individuals," Cameron says. "The success that earned this award was built not only by Imlay City High School staff and students, but also by the support of our board, our parents and our community."
Cameron says the combined efforts of all involved paved the pathway to success.
A roll-out to the school community, which will include celebration of the U.S. News & World Report recognition, is being planned for August.
Catherine Minolli is Managing Editor of the Tri-City Times. She began as a freelance writer with the Times in 1994. She enjoys the country life, including raising ducks and chickens.