Washington Post names DV among best again

Third year in a row placed in top schools list

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WESTFALL — For the third year in a row the Delaware Valley High School has been included in the Washington Post’s 2012 list of America’s Best High Schools, Superintendent Dr. Candis Finan announced Friday.

This comes on the heels of DV's recently being notified they were included in the US News and World Report’s edition of America’s Best High Schools.

During the past three years the Delaware Valley High School has been honored eight times on the national level for having outstanding academics. National honors included the Washington Post in 2010, 2011, and 2012, Newsweek 2010, the College Board 2011 & 2010 and the Center for American Progress 2011.

The Washington Post’s 2012 list placed DV in the top 3% of schools in the state with a rank of 20 out of 752 public, charter and magnet high schools. Their national rank of 1424 places them in the top 6% of high schools in the country.

The Washington Post’s list (formerly Newsweek’s) is prepared by Jay Mathews of the Washington Post and is published by annually. In the past few years, Delaware Valley has maintained a very high rate of students attending college. Some years as high as 90% of their graduates are attending post secondary colleges, according to Jay Tucker, chairperson of the DV Counseling Department. Tucker said this prestigious national honor is one that belongs to the entire Delaware Valley community but especially our faculty and students who have been very committed to our Advanced Placement (AP) program.

Selection criteria

The criteria used for inclusion in the Washington Post list is that the number of Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and or Cambridge tests taken by all students at a school in 2011 is divided by the number of graduating seniors and must be at least 1.0.

In 2011, there were 430 Delaware Valley graduates. 644 AP exams were administered to students in grades 10 through 12. This produces an index of 1.498 qualifying Delaware Valley High School as one of America’s Best Public High Schools. This past year Delaware Valley offered 23 Advanced Placement (AP) courses.

Many students in these classes received college credit depending on their AP score and the various college AP policies. A few students were even granted “sophomore standing” in college which saved their families as much as a full year of college tuition.

According to Counseling Department Chair, Jay Tucker, Delaware Valley currently offers 23 AP classes and concluded that it is such an honor for our students to be recognized nationally for the past three years as one of America’s Best Public High Schools. DV has offered AP classes for the past twenty seven years.

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