by ARIEL LONG
U.S. News and World Report has released its annual rankings and two of our local high schools have been nationally recognized.
Formally known as Edison Collegiate High School, Florida SouthWestern State College Collegiate High School Lee (FSWC-Lee) and Charlotte (FSWC-Charlotte) were individually ranked Bronze in the 2017 academic report for best high schools in the nation.
To receive this acknowledgment, secondary institutions must show competence and prowess in various fields. They are being judged based upon common core data, advanced placement test, statewide proficiency test, and graduation rate gathered by the U.S. Department of Education.
“Our collegiate high schools have earned many accolades, including high-performing charter school status and top ten rankings from Florida Department of Education. We appreciate the national recognition bestowed on us by U.S. News and World Report,” said Larry Miller, dean of FSW School of Education and Charter Schools.
Dean Miller acknowledges the school’s size as being a factor for such recognition because it allows students, faculty, and staff to have a more personal relationship. Due to this relationship, the students have the opportunity to prepare for the academic rigors of early college.
“Students and their families in Lee and Charlotte Counties are fortunate to have the choice to attend a large comprehensive high school or a small collegiate charter school based on their preferences and interests. We provided the traditional 9th and 10th experience…[but] FSWC early college approach is that students have the opportunity to graduate with both a high school diploma and an Associate in Arts (A.A) degree from FSW, debt-free.”
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