Sport and Medical Sciences Academy Recognized by the U.S. News and World Report as “One of America’s Best High Schools.”
Spotlight on Excellence May 2013
Sport and Medical Sciences Academy Recognized by the U.S. News and World Report as “One of America’s Best High Schools.
Hartford’s Sports and Medical Sciences Academy (SMSA) has been recognized for the sixth straight year as one of American’s Best High Schools in the annual listing published by U.S. News and World Report magazine.
SMSA, moreover, was listed in the Silver Medal category for the second straight year. The ranking is significant because it is based on sophisticated criteria that measure a school’s better-that-expected achievement gains within the income levels and racial groups that it serves.
Overall, SMSA was rated as the 35th best high school in Connecticut and number 2,156 in the country.
“This recognition is an fantastic accomplishment for the academy and for our district,” said Harford Schools Superintendent Christina M. Kishimoto. "The school staff continue to work in partnership with students and parents to deliver on a college and career ready academy of excellence!"
To earn a Silver Medal, the magnet school had to meet three criteria: 1) Students had to perform better on standardized tests than expected for the average students in the state, 2) the school’s least advantaged students had to perform better than the average for similar students in the state and 3) a high percentage of students taking advance placement courses had to demonstrate success at college-level course work.
Seventy-eight percent of the students in SMSA are non-white and about 62 percent of them are categorized as disadvantaged. The academy boasts a very high graduation rate and a high rate of students accepted into college.
“We are elated over our designation as One of America’s Best Schools by U.S. News and World Report,” said SMSA Principal John P. Laverty. “We are equally proud of maintaining high levels of student achievement over a long period of time. This achievement is a result of collaboration between an excellent staff, goal oriented students and caring and involved parents. We are exceedingly proud of this recognition.” Also we are mention in a very brief blurb when you open the link below.