Edinburg High School and Edinburg North High School are once again among the “Best of the Best” high schools in the nation. Newsweek magazine ranked both ECISD high schools in its annual 2010 report of the best public high schools in America.

Newsweek ranked a total of 1,622 high schools, which represent the top six percent of the nation’s 27,000 public high schools, according to the magazine. According to Newsweek, Edinburg High School ranked at 1015 and Edinburg North ranked at 1090.

High schools are rated based on the number of Advanced Placement tests taken by students. The magazine ranks high schools by taking the total number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or Cambridge tests given in 2009 and dividing that by the number of graduating seniors. All schools that achieved a ratio of at least 1.000 — which means there were an equal number of graduates and tests given — are listed on Newsweek’s web site.

“We are very pleased to have two of the largest 5A public high schools in the Valley ranked among the best high schools in the nation,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. René Gutiérrez. “This national distinction recognizes the work Edinburg High School and Edinburg North High School are doing to prepare students for the rigors of college.”

Edinburg High School

students college ready

This is the fifth consecutive year that Edinburg High School has been distinguished by Newsweek for its students’ success in the AP exams.

Edinburg High was named a College Board Inspiration Award Winner in 2008 and was selected as an AVID National Demonstration School in 2007. The high school was selected as the Monitor Reader’s 2009 Choice Favorite High School.

Edinburg High also received the 2009-2010 College Readiness Award from the Texas ACT Council for increasing the number of students taking the ACT test and increasing their level of achievement. The ACT Assessment is the college admissions test that is used and accepted by all colleges nationwide. College Readiness Benchmarks are empirically-based and identify the level of achievement necessary in English, mathematics, reading, and science to have a successful college experience.

Edinburg High was recognized for making significant strides in increasing the college readiness of their graduates, as demonstrated by their ACT score increases ove r the past five years. This can only happen as a result of the dedication of students and parents to focus on college readiness and raise the level of college readiness for all students.

Daniel Roma, Edinburg High principal, said. “Edinburg High School’s distinguished recognition by Newsweek is a testament to the commitment and dedication of our faculty, students, and parents. We are continuously striving to improve and challenge our students by providing them with a rigorous instructional program that supports higher education and prepares students for college.”

Edinburg North HS

lauds student academic achievement

This is the eighth consecutive year that Edinburg North has been distinguished by Newsweek for its students’ success in the AP exams.

Edinburg North is a 2004 College Board Inspiration Award Winner and has also been listed as a Silver Medalist among “America’s Best High Schools” by U.S. News and World Reports for three consecutive years. The U.S. News and World Reports listing is based, not only on the number of tests taken, but primarily on the success rate — ratio of students that became eligible for college credit for passing the university-level exams.

Academic achievement is a culture at Edinburg North. Its students consistently dominate academic contests and capture UIL District and State Championships despite the fact that 86 percent of its students come from an economically disadvantaged background.

“We are very honored that Newsweek magazine recognizes the academic culture of Edinburg North High School and the instructional program our faculty provides to our students,” said Ramiro Guerra, Edinburg North Principal. “When you see that Newsweek’s Excellence in Equity Index also ranks Edinburg North students as having the highest percentage of students passing their AP exams, the honor becomes that much more significant for the students, the school, and the parents.”

ECISD student enrollment in Advanced Placement courses has steadily increased over the last several years, which is due in part to the implementation of a national program called AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination). AVID teaches students the skills needed in college level courses and encourages them to enroll in advanced classes.

Both Edinburg North and Edinburg High offer Advanced Placement courses in several subjects including Chemistry, English, Calculus, Biology, Physics, World History, Psychology, Human Geography, Statistics, U.S. History, U.S. Government, Economics, French, Spanish, AP Music Theory and Studio Art.

Superintendent Dr. Gutiérrez said, “Edinburg High Principal Daniel Roma and Edinburg North Principal Ramiro Guerra, their respective students, faculty, and parents are continuously working to provide a curriculum that meets the academic needs for all students.”