The William S. Hart Union High School District has placed six schools on the Newsweek ranking of the top 5,000 STEM high schools for 2019, honoring excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
All six schools are therefore in the top 10% nationally.
According to the U.S. Department of Education, there are 26,407 public secondary schools and 10,693 private secondary schools, making a total of 37,100 secondary schools in the United States.
West Ranch High School is listed at #1,209, Valencia #1,899, Canyon at 2,055, Academy of the Canyons #2,181, Hart #2213 and Saugus #3,325.
With its long history of reporting on scientific breakthroughs, technological revolutions, and societal challenges, Newsweek partnered with STEM.org to rank America’s Best STEM High Schools. The list includes schools in every region of the country that offer skilled teachers who keep up with developments in these fields and who create dynamic learning environments to engage their students.
The top 5,000 schools were curated from STEM.org Educational Research using a proprietary scoring logic that took into consideration a broad set of quantitative and qualitative data inputs collected from Q2 2015–Q3 2019.
The purpose was to determine which primary/secondary institutions in America best offer students experiences in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM — as defined by the Congressional Research Service — while preparing them for post‐secondary outcomes.
Additional factors, including affluence and median household income, were taken into consideration in compiling the rankings.
“Children don’t realize it, but they’re natural STEM students,” said Nancy Cooper, Newsweek global editor in chief. “We need to make sure that innate drive, curiosity, and creativity aren’t lost along the way. These high schools are helping to ensure America’s future in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics is in good hands.”
“What a delightful surprise to learn that so many of our schools have been recognized for their outstanding work to promote STEM learning opportunities,” said Hart District Deputy Superintendent Mike Kuhlman. “All of our schools are working hard to ensure engaging, real-world educational experiences are available to the students of the Santa Clarita Valley. This is a well-deserved recognition for the administrative, teaching and support staff at each of our sites. They have done an exceptional job of reshaping how we prepare our students for work and life in the 21st century.”
Newsweek’s November 15 special double issue is available on newsstands now and includes the top 500 STEM high schools. The full list of 5,000 top STEM high schools will be available on the newsmagazine’s website on November 8, National STEM Day. (Use #NewsweekSTEM on social media to recognize this honor.)
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