Aspen High School Ranks #1 in State, 59th in Nation

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Aspen High School is the No. 1 high school in Colorado and the 59th highest-rated high school in the nation, according to a recent ranking done by U.S. News & World Report, giving yet another reason to buy a family home in Aspen.

When looking for a new family home, one of the main questions is always, “What about the schools?” Needless to say, that usual negative is a big positive in the Aspen School District.

The ranking – called the “U.S. News Best High Schools” – ranked Aspen High School No. 1 in the state over considerably larger schools in Denver and Colorado Springs, as well a number of other “charter” and “academic” schools.

Aspen High School was recently named the No. 1 high school in the state and the 59th best in the country.

In total, Colorado has 446 high schools. Nationally, the ranking pared down data from more than 22,000 schools.

Using data from mainly 2009-10, the ranking used a 3-step process to review how schools scored in areas like reading and math, compared to other state schools. The analysis also took into account economic and social demographics, which account for low scores. From there, the top 25 percent were judged on college readiness – which is accumulated from international baccalaureate and advanced placement testing data.

Based on the 2009-10 data collected, Aspen High School has an enrollment of 530 students, with 13% minority (10% Hispanic) and 4% economically disadvantaged. The school has 41 full time teachers that instruct 122 freshmen, 141 sophomores, 131 juniors and 136 seniors.

Aspen High School students scored well in proficiency testing established by the state. High school students take standard state exams to demonstrate success at the college level. The U.S. News & World Report ranking calculated a College Readiness Index based on exam participation rates and percentages of students passing at least one exam. The Index then awarded gold, silver and bronze medals to qualified schools. Aspen and 17 other state schools received gold certification.Reading proficiency is determined by Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) test scores – where 68 percent of Aspen students scored “proficient” and another 20 percent scored as “advanced.” Only 1 percent scored in the “unsatisfactory” category.

In math, Aspen High School students also excelled compared to state standards. In CSAP testing for math, 46 percent scored “proficient” and another 8 percent scored as “advanced.”

Since the announcement, school district officials have pledged to continue their high standard of education and rigorous standards.

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