April 23 • 12:21 PM

High praise!

Imlay City School District earns bronze award from U.S. News & World Report

December 19, 2007
IMLAY CITY — The school district has yet another feather in its cap—and it's a big one.

U.S. News & World Report recently named Imlay City High School as one of 'America's Best High Schools,'—a distinction assigned to just 1,591 high schools across the nation.

Schools Supt. Gary Richards says the U.S. News & World Report designation is an honor for the district and the entire community.

Imlay City Schools Supt. Gary Richards reviews U.S. News & World Report study on ‘America’s Best High Schools,’ in which Imlay City High School ranked among the 1,591 chosen out of more than 18,500 considered in 40 states. photo by Catherine Minolli.

"We have a long and rich history of academic excellence in our school district and the new ranking of American high schools by U.S. News & World Report serves to reinforce and validate our ongoing commitment and dedication to providing all of our students with a caring climate, positive experience, and exemplary education," he says.

U.S. News & World Report analyzed more than 18,500 schools in 40 states using criteria developed by School Evaluation Services, a K-12 education data research business run by Standard & Poor's.

According to a press release from U.S. News & World Report, a best high school is one that "attains performance levels that exceed statistical expectations given the school's relative level of student poverty, as measured by state accountability test scores for all the school's students in the core subjects of reading and math; achieves proficiency rates on state tests for their least advantaged student groups that exceed state averages; and prepares its students for college, as measured by student participation in and performance on Advanced Placement tests, which are administered by the College Board."

The 100 top-performing high schools were given a distinction of "gold," 405 schools meeting all three criteria were designated "silver" high schools, and the remaining 1,086 high schools—including Imlay City High School—earned "bronze" distinction.

Richards, who learned about the U.S. News & World Report bronze award late last week, says it is an honor for the district and the entire community.

"Our success is due, in large part, to the concerted efforts of our entire school community—students, parents, educators, community leaders, and business leaders working together to create and sustain a stimulating and challenging learning environment," he says. "

The district strives to develop and provide quality education to all students, Richards adds, and recognition for those efforts bolsters its commitment to educational excellence.

"Since there are few things more important to America's future than the quality of education for our young people, we will continue to develop educational programs of quality and excellence while seeking help and support from all constituents of our community," he says. "This effort will provide our young people-and America-with a strong future."

The school district was also commended by the State Board of Education for earning the U.S. News & World Report bronze distinction.

Other Michigan high schools earning the bronze award were Algonac High School, Marlette High School, Sandusky High Schools, the International Academy in Bloomfield Hills and Hamady Community High School and International Academy of Flint.

Silver awards went to Birmingham Seaholm High School, Rochester Adams High School and Groves High School.

Gold awards were not granted to any Michigan high school.

To find out more about the U.S. News & World Report 'America's Best High Schools' report, visit

Richards says the district may plan a community-wide event, possibly in February, to celebrate the distinction.

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