A high-quality public education can equip and empower today’s young people with the skills they need to forge a path to bright futures. Our nation’s high schools play a vital role in preparing young people to get to — and through — college. With this in mind, GreatSchools is proud to announce the winners of the second-annual 2019 College Success Award. This honor recognizes 1,722 high schools across 25 states that have a successful track record of going beyond simply graduating students to helping them enroll in college and succeed once they get there. Winners represent about 20% of eligible public high schools. Eligibility is determined by data availability and ranges on a state-by-state basis from 13% to 88%.
The College Success Award-winning high schools stand out based on school-level college readiness and postsecondary data collected and shared by their states. This data tells us whether students enroll in college, are ready for college-level coursework, and persist on to their second year.
What does it take for high schools to help all students succeed?
The College Success Award aims to shine a light on high schools across the country that are enabling their students to succeed beyond graduation. But what if some schools faces extra challenges? To that end, we have spotlighted three extraordinary winners that serve a high percentage of low-income students. Our goal was to uncover not just the outperformers but to find out more about their practices. What lessons have they learned about supporting struggling students? What’s different about what they do compared to other schools?
Go behind the scenes: When we set out to identify the 2019 National Spotlight Schools, we dove into the data, interviewed schools and gathered information from multiple sources. The results were eye-opening.