Jackson high schools earn bronze from ‘U.S. News’
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Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Two Jackson County high schools are enjoying positive recognition from “U.S. News and World Report.”

Graceville High School and Sneads High School are both included in the publication’s 2017 “Best High Schools” rankings. Each school earned a bronze medal and is recognized in the “U.S. News” state and national rankings.

“I would like to congratulate the faculty and staff of these two fine high schools,” Jackson County Superintendent of Schools Larry Moore said. “We are always pleased to see our students and employees recognized for the hard work that they do and to have two bronze medal winners makes us proud.”

GHS Principal Julie Burdeshaw seemed pleased with the school’s performance, especially when looking at the criteria by which “U.S. News” judges medal winners: students' performance on state tests, graduation rates and college readiness.

“Our students continually prove our mission statement, ‘Small Town, Big Thinkers,’” Burdeshaw said.

Analyzing data on more than 22,000 American public high schools, “U.S. News” awarded medals to just over 6,000 schools. While charter and magnet schools top the list in this year’s rankings, the publication says traditional public schools have the most representation in the gold, silver and bronze medal categories. Of all schools earning medals, about 38 percent are in rural areas.

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