The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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March 23, 2009

Magazine names best high schools

U.S. News and World Report’s list of America’s Best High Schools has been released for 2009.

Three southern West Virginia high schools received a nod and were accorded a bronze star by the reputable magazine.

Meadow Bridge, Nicholas County and Wyoming East high schools were named Bronze Medal Schools.

The magazine teamed up with analysts from School Evaluation Services to develop an innovative methodology to determine how well high schools serve all students, not just those that perform at the top of their class.

The America’s Best High Schools project identifies the country’s top-performing high schools, the magazine says.

“The goal is to provide a clear, unbiased picture of how well public schools serve all of their students — from the highest-achieving to the lowest-achieving — in preparing them to demonstrate proficiency in basic skills as well as readiness for college-level work.”

Meadow Bridge principal Al Martine congratulated his students and faculty for being named a top school at an assembly recently.

“I was just elated,” Martine said. “When you couple the fact that Meadow Bridge High School had a 92 percent graduation rate last year and 65 percent of our students went on to further their education in a four- or two-year program, I think that has a lot to do with how we were rated.”

Martine said he’s so humbled and proud of his students and faculty.

Nicholas County principal Pat Metheney said she was shocked when she saw her school’s name on the list.

“I started to click out of it when I saw it on the Web site when I read our name. I said to myself, ‘Is there another Nicholas County High School?’”

She had to look at the address of the school to realize it was indeed Nicholas County High School in West Virginia.

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