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FCHS named one of nation's best high schools



Four elementary schools receive the 2009 Governors Award for Educational Excellence

For the second consecutive year, Franklin County High School is among 1,900 high schools in the United States that are included in the U.S. News & World Report magazine's list of the nation's best high schools.

FCHS is one of the high schools in 48 states that were given a bronze rating by the magazine in its newest edition of America's Best High Schools.

The top 100 high schools with the highest college readiness index scores were given a gold ranking.

The next 405 top-performing high schools nationwide received a silver rating.

An additional 1,086 high schools, including FCHS, received a bronze rating.

FCHS was among 35 high schools in Virginia that were included on the list. Several Virginia schools had gold and silver ratings.

The top 100 high schools in the nation were ranked numerically, but the schools in the silver and bronze categories were not ranked.

U. S. News & World Report -- in collaboration with School Evaluation Services, a K-12 education and data research and analysis business that provides parents with education data on -- analyzed academic and enrollment data from more than 18,000 public high schools to find the best schools across the country.

These top school were placed in gold, silver, bronze and honorable mention categories.

U.S. News & World Report said that the rating of the high schools was based on the key principles that a great high school must serve all its students well, not just those who are bound for college, and that it must be able to produce measurable academic outcomes that show the school is successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators.

A three-step process was used to determine the best high schools.

In other awards, four Franklin County elementary schools -- Boones Mill, Glade Hill, Henry and Snow Creek -- are among 162 schools in Virginia that have received the 2009 Governor's Award for Educational Excellence.

The award is the highest honor under a new incentive program for schools and school divisions that was created by the state Board of Education to advance Gov. Tim Kaine's education agenda.

Kaine announced the 89 schools that have received the award.

"Students in these schools are soaring far beyond the minimum requirements of the Standards of Learning and No Child Left Behind," Kaine said.

"It speaks to the strength of public education in the commonwealth that the 162 schools that have earned this distinction include schools in rural, suburban and urban communities and schools in every part of the state," he said.

The schools earning the Governor's Award for Educational Excellence will each receive a display banner and a signed resolution of commendation from the governor.

To qualify for the Governor's Award for Educational Excellence, schools and school divisions must meet all state and federal achievement benchmarks for at least two consecutive years and meet Kaine's goals for achievement in selected educational areas.

The Franklin County school system was one of 24 school divisions that received a Board of Education Excellence Award.

Six elementary schools in Franklin County received the Board of Education Excellence Awards. They are Burnt Chimney, Callaway, Dudley, Ferrum, Lee M. Waid and Rocky Mount.

These are schools that met all state and federal benckmarks for at least two consecutive years and are making progress to Kaine's goals for increased achievement.

Two Franklin County schools - Franklin County High and Sontag Elementary - received the Competence to Excellence Award.

These are schools that met all state and federal benckmarks for at least two consecutive years and are making progress to Kaine's goals for increased achievement.


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