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Hamilton on Newsweek’s “Best High Schools” list



Hamilton High School was one of the schools named to Newsweek Magazine’s “America’s Best High School” list for 2012. The ranking highlights the best 1,000 public high schools in the nation – ones that have proven to be the most effective in turning out college-ready graduates.

Only 21 Wisconsin high schools were on this year’s list. It is the first time in the district’s history that Hamilton made the ranking which is based on:

  • four-year, on-time graduation rate;
  • percent of 2011 graduates accepted to college;
  • Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate test participation, results and courses offered; and
  • average ACT or SAT score.

Hamilton Principal Candis Mongan said being named to Newsweek’s best high schools list is an honor that she believes Hamilton earned by diligently looking out for the best interests of all students.

“Not only are we increasing rigor, but our teachers and staff members work intently with individual students to help them plan for their future based on their interests and career goals,” Mongan said.

“While rigor in the classroom is increasing, our graduation rate is also going up, and that is good for all of our students,” she said.

Superintendent Kathleen Cooke, Ph.D., credited high school staff for being focused and deliberate in their effort to increase rigor and meet the needs of all students. She noted that the district’s Strategic Plan and the school site plan have success indicators that include the factors that Newsweek used to rank America’s top high schools.