All VBCPS High Schools on ‘Most Challenging’ List

All Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) high schools have again made The Washington Post’s “America’s Most Challenging High Schools” list.

According to The Washington Post, this annual list identifies schools that have done the best job in persuading average students to take college-level courses and tests. This year, 2,370 schools nationwide earned placement on the list. This is just 11 percent of the approximately 22,000 U.S. public schools considered. Of the seven school divisions in Hampton Roads, VBCPS is the only one to have all of its high schools make the list; 11 of the 16 high schools in the region that were honored were in Virginia Beach.

“To have all of our high schools named on the America’s Most Challenging High Schools list is a reflection of the quality instruction and care our school division provides our students,” said Dr. Aaron Spence, superintendent of Virginia Beach City Public Schools. “We will continue to work to find ways to inspire and prepare our students to take on these rigorous courses.”

The America’s Most Challenging High Schools list is compiled by taking the total number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year and dividing that by the number of seniors who graduated in May or June.

Virginia Beach Public Schools News Release

Public schools that achieved a ratio of at least 1.00 (meaning they had as many tests in 2014 as they had graduates) were then put on the national list. Below is the list of Virginia Beach’s schools and their assigned rankings.

High School Rank
Princess Anne High School 421
Cox High School 952
Kellam High School 959
Ocean Lakes High School 1168
Tallwood High School 1390
First Colonial High School 1503
Salem High School 1570
Bayside High School 1789
Landstown High School 1827
Green Run High School 1924
Kempsville High School 2218
For more information about the list, visit the Washington Post’s website.

5 thoughts on “All VBCPS High Schools on ‘Most Challenging’ List

  1. Why not list the rest of the schools in the area? They all deserve recognition for this achievement.

  2. I checked the rest of the list…I’m going to call this list not 100% accurate. Not one Chesapeake school on the list. There are private schools that I know are way more challenging then any of the public schools. I think they need to recheck that list…

  3. The list has more to do with the number of students taking advanced placement and international baccalaureate classes and their subsequent end-of-year tests than the instruction provided at the schools. This is not to say that quality instruction does not go on at these and the other schools. Once again, it’s all about how many tests are taken by these students at the end of the year. Testing rules all things in public education.

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