If you’re like many Frisco residents, you moved here for the amazing school district and the opportunities it provides our students through the small-school model.
We know Frisco likes to do things on a grand scale, so it should come as no surprise that our schools are starting to make waves at a national level. Recently, U.S. News released their 2017 Best High Schools list and FISD made a solid appearance out of the 22,000 high schools originally considered.
The 6,041 high schools that earned an acknowledgment by the report are ranked by their students’ level of college readiness with gold, silver, and bronze medals.
Schools were chosen based on four main criteria according to US News:
- Students perform better than the state average in reading and math on their state’s high school proficiency test (in Texas this is referring to STAAR scores) while taking into account students with a lower socioeconomic status.
- Disadvantaged students (black, Hispanic, and low-income) perform better than the state average.
- Student graduation rates meet or exceed the national standard.
- Students are prepared for college-level coursework as exemplified by the AP participation rate and scores.
Independence High School, which opened in 2014, earned a Bronze Medal rating.
A special kudos goes to Wakeland High School who achieved the highest ranking in Frisco ISD as the #80 Best High School in Texas and #668, nationwide.
And, of course, because we are a competitive district, here is the US News list in order:
- Wakeland – #80 in Texas, #668 Nationally
- Liberty – #92 in Texas, #770 Nationally
- Centennial – #117 in Texas, #996 Nationally
- Frisco – #127 in Texas, #1114 Nationally
- Heritage – #136 in Texas, #1277 Nationally
- Independence – recognized nationally, but not yet ranked
While there is always room for improvement, Frisco ISD, with its small school model on a large scale, continues to demonstrate that we are a force to be reckoned with whether on the field or in the classroom.
Congratulations to my FISD colleagues, our students, the supportive parents and Frisco ISD for the continued insistence on raising the bar!