Academy for Science and Design made the "Newsweek" list of the top 500 public high schools in the country, coming in 44th.
The Academy for Science and Design (ASD), a public charter school located in Nashua, New Hampshire is proud to announce that they made the "Newsweek" list of the top 500 public high schools in the country for college readiness, coming in 44th,out of more than 26,000 public high schools in the country. Schools are ranked based on percentage of college bound students and the school graduation rate; both of which were ranked 100 percent for ASD.
"Every member of our ASD community knows that we have something very special here," said Jennifer Cava, the Director of the Academy for Science and Design.
Cava continued “To have our school rank 44th among all high-schools across the entire country, just confirms for all of us that the work we are doing to provide our New Hampshire public school students a strong, innovative, nationally recognized STEM education.”
ASD has continually grown since it first opened in 2007, and now includes 525 students in grades 6 through 12. Cava noted that as a public charter school, the academy operates on less than half the per pupil funding received by typical district schools since charters do not benefit from local taxes unless incorporated into a district.
"I recognize that all of our New Hampshire public schools struggle with funding limitations, but the fact that ASD is able to achieve this national recognition with less than half of the funding received by district schools, that is quite an accomplishment. What it shows me is that perseverence, committment, and a good dose of creativity and optimism makes for a pretty incredible little school," she said.
More information about ASD can be found online at www.asdnh.org. Two more New Hampshire high schools made the list, including Hollis-Brookline High School at 301, and Coe-Brown Northwood Academy at 361. The Thomas Jefferson High School in Virginia topped the list at number one. See the full list of schools at www.newsweek.com/high-schools/americas-top-high-schools-2016.