Memorial Named Best High School by U.S. News and World Report for Second Time

Memorial Named Best High School by U.S. News and World Report for Second Year
Posted on 04/22/2016
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Memorial High earned a spot on the U.S. News and World Report’s list of “Best High Schools in America” in the Bronze category for the second consecutive year.

“Our Maverick team of teachers, support staff, counselors and administrators are the reason we continue to experience success on this campus,” Memorial Principal Dr. Angela Stallings said. “We hold all students to incredibly high standards and the rigor in every classroom doesn’t happen by chance but by choice. This achievement gives us another reason to celebrate our school’s motto for the year, ‘Teal is the new gold.’”

The U.S. News rankings included data on nearly 21,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Memorial was among 3,545 high schools to earn a bronze distinction.

High schools were ranked based on the following criteria:

  • overall student performance on state-required assessments;
  • measureable academic outcomes that demonstrate excellence in service to students across all performance indicators;
  • and how well schools prepare students for college as measured by student participation and performance on high level tests such as the College Board’s Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams.

Schools that earn a bronze medal have met all three criteria.

Nationally, 500 high schools received gold medals, 2,173 earned silver and 3,545 earned bronze. 

Stallings credits this achievement to the dedication of faculty members and staff during tutorial sessions, after school activities and educational camps.

“Our doors are seldom closed and students know this is a safe place to learn and grow,” Dr. Stallings said. “We push our students to reach their highest potential and we provide the resources necessary for them to achieve success when they struggle. We have similar demographics and challenges as other schools, we just make sure students understand that when they become Memorial Mavericks they are held to a high standard and are expected to work hard.”

For the first time, U.S. News added a new step that includes graduation rates as part of their evaluation process. Under the new step, high schools that make it through the first two steps of the evaluation must meet or exceed the national high school graduation rate to be ranked at the national level.

In the past two years, Pasadena ISD – where 60 percent of students are considered at-risk – has celebrated two of its campuses, Sam Rayburn and Memorial High, earning inclusion on the list of Best High Schools in America.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. DeeAnn Powell said these achievements reflect the successfulness of a wide range of college-readiness courses and programs offered in the district.

“We applaud the efforts of Principal Stallings and her team of administrators, faculty members and staff for continuing to create an environment of excellence that challenges, stimulates and motivates students to reach higher in their learning capacities,” Dr. Powell said.

“As our district continues to grow, we are making strides to tailor the learning experience to meet the needs of students of all backgrounds. The programs offered in Pasadena ISD not only help students reach the graduation finish line, but also prepares them for college and work in today’s job market.”