Douglas High School receives recognition |

Douglas High School receives recognition

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Douglas High School has been recognized as a silver medal recipient in the U.S. News and World Report Best High Schools rankings.

The rankings include data on more than 21,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Schools were awarded gold, silver or bronze medals based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college.

“We appreciate the recognition of the success of our students and staff,” Douglas Principal Marty Swisher said. “I believe that Douglas High is a great school and it’s nice to have that affirmed by an outside group.”

Of the 29,070 U.S. public high schools reviewed by the media company, 35 from Nevada were ranked on the list.

Two Douglas County high schools are listed in the U.S. News and World Report top 10 list for Nevada. George Whittell at Zephyr Cove was ranked No. 3 and Douglas No. 10. Advanced Technologies Academy of Las Vegas was ranked No. 1 in Nevada and Galena High in Reno was ranked No. 2.

To be eligible for a state ranking, a school must be awarded a national gold or silver medal.

According to the report’s overview, Douglas has a participation rate of 35 percent in its Advanced Placement program and a College Readiness Index rating of 29.7. The student-teacher ratio of 22:1 is based on the school’s enrollment of 1,305 students in grades 10-12 in 2014-15. Whittell, with 232 students in grades 7-12, had a College Readiness Index listing of 41.9.

Douglas offers 12 AP courses and is adding Environmental Science this fall, Swisher acknowledged. A total of 327 students took a five-year high 513 exams this past spring and 80 percent passed one or more exams.

“Our Advanced Placement program is strong primarily because we have incredible, dedicated teachers who invest the time to attend trainings and collaborate with fellow instructors,” Swisher said. “Our students know that their work will be challenging, so they rise to those challenges.

“We have many students who return to tell us how well prepared they are because they took AP courses at Douglas High.”

School for the Talented and Gifted in Dallas was ranked No. 1 nationally.