DALLAS TWP. — Dallas School District officials took a little time Monday to crow about their latest accomplishment: The high school landed on the “Best 2,000 public high schools” list compiled by Newsweek and The Daily Beast.
It’s the only school in Luzerne County to make the list, and only one of 77 statewide to get the honor.
The rankings are intended to highlight schools “that have proven to be the most effective in turning out college-ready grads,” according to the The Daily Beast/Newsweek website. Six components were given different “weight” in compiling the rankings.
Graduation rate, college acceptance rate and Advanced Placement tests (or similar college-level tests) taken per student were each worth 25 percent of the final score.
The remainder was calculated using average SAT and ACT scores (10 percent), average scores in Advance Placement or similar tests (10 percent) and percent of students enrolled in at least one AP or similar course.
With 94 percent of its students graduating in four years and 88 percent of them heading to college, Dallas scored 2.8 out of a possible 5.0. That put the high school at 63rd in the state and 1,451 nationwide.
Superintendent Frank Galicki and High School Principal Jeffrey Shaffer held a brief press conference Monday morning to tout the school’s achievement.
“I think it’s a credit for all of the Dallas School District faculty and staff, K to 12,” Galicki said. “We have high expectations and we demand excellence.”
The district doesn’t intend to sit on this laurel, Galicki said. “Our goal is to be in the top 25.”