Scottsdale Schools recognized by ‘U.S. News & World Report’

The Scottsdale Unified School District is now at 7575 E. Main Street in downtown Scottsdale. (File photo)

The Scottsdale Unified School District is now at 7575 E. Main Street in downtown Scottsdale. (File photo)

Four Scottsdale Unified School District high schools have been nationally recognized and three were listed in the top 50 high schools in Arizona by U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 Best High School Rankings.

Chaparral, Desert Mountain and Arcadia High Schools all received silver national awards while Saguaro High School was awarded bronze.

All four schools received the same ranking in 2014 and 2015, according to a press release. In addition, among all Arizona high schools, Desert Mountain was named No. 14, Chaparral was ranked No. 20 and Arcadia was recognized as No. 26.

“These awards and rankings reflect the hard work and dedication of our teachers, staff and students,” stated Dr. Mitch von Gnechten, SUSD executive director of secondary education, in the release. “SUSD would like to congratulate these schools for doing a great job educating and preparing our students for college.”

Schools are chosen for the annual awards based on overall student performance on state-required tests, how effectively least-advantaged students are educated and how well they prepared students for college with Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams. During this process, U.S. News examines more than 28,000 high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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