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DHS East on list of America's Most Challenging High Schools

 The Downingtown STEM Academy, DHS East and DHS West all appear on the Washington Post’s newly released 2015 elite list of America’s Most Challenging High School programs. Only 38 Pennsylvania high schools achieved this honor with DASD being the only Pennsylvania school district to have all district high schools nationally ranked.

The report looked at public and private high schools nationwide and ranked them based on the academic rigor of the schools’ curriculum. The Post filtered the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year. That number was then divided by the number of graduation seniors. Fewer than 7 percent of the approximately 27,000 high schools in America qualified for this very prestigious list.

"We are very proud of our students and staff," said Dr. Mussoline, Superintendent of Schools. "We also need to applaud our K-8 program, a community that values education, and our school board for helping our students to achieve this recognition. DASD’s strong showing in the Washington Post rankings is testament to our belief in all students being able to achieve at high levels. Increasing AP course offerings in DHS East and DHS West and adding the rigorous International Baccalaureate program to our magnet STEM Academy program positively impacted the academic rigor of our entire high school division."

According to the Washington Post, the Downingtown STEM Academy is Pennsylvania’s most academically challenging school with DHS East listed at #21 and DHS West #31. There are currently 952 public high schools in Pennsylvania of which only 38 made this ranking. Nationally, the STEM Academy was ranked in the top 5% of all high schools in the nation and ranked 6th in the Northeastern states, while DHS East and DHS West were named among the elite academic high school programs in America.

"This ranking is a testament to all three high school’s committed staff, hard-working and motivated students, involved families, and principals," said DASD School Board President Jane Bertone. "I congratulate them all on achieving this lofty recognition for the Downingtown School District