SAHS > Souderton Area High School ranked #2 in Montgomery County and #26 in Pennsylvania
U. S. News & World Report recently released its ranking of the “Best High Schools” in the United States. Of the 752 high schools in Pennsylvania, including public high schools, magnet schools, and charter schools, Souderton Area High School was ranked #26. Souderton was ranked #2 among Montgomery County high schools.
U. S. News & World Report used a three-step process to determine the rankings. First they examined math and reading proficiency rates on state tests to determine which schools performed statistically better than the state average. For those schools that made it through the first step, the second step determined whether the school’s least advantaged students performed better the state average achievement of similar students in math and reading. Third, schools making it through the first two steps were judged nationally on college-readiness performance. College-readiness performance was determined by the level of Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate performance and participation.
When learning of the ranking, Souderton Area High School Principal Sam Varano said, “The ranking is a tribute to the great efforts our teachers and students have made to push each other to the highest levels of achievement. Superintendent Dr. Fred Johnson said, “An academic award such as this validates and rewards the efforts of so many people in moving the Souderton Area High School forward. We are extremely proud of the work of the students, teachers, and leadership of the Souderton Area High School in achieving this honor.”
Importantly, the Souderton Area School Board has been very supportive of such efforts by approving more rigorous and relevant graduation requirements that are driven by the Career Pathways Program. Board President Bernard Currie added “This is exactly the type of performance the Board has been encouraging. Congratulations to the students, teachers, and administrators who have worked so hard to achieve this level of performance. It is a competitive ranking and we encourage all to continue their efforts to meet and exceed this high level of performance.”