Green Lake High School selected to America’s Most Challenging High Schools List
Green Lake High School has been selected to be on the list of America’s Most Challenging High Schools. America's Most Challenging High Schools ranks schools through an index formula based on a simple ratio: the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year. A ratio of 1.000 means the school had as many tests as graduates.
America’s Most Challenging High School Is maintained by Jay Mathews of the Washington Post. He complemented Green Lake High School by saying: “The school's achievement is that much more unusual because small rural schools rarely have the gumption or the leadership to put such faith in student's ability to handle AP. These teachers know the great secret---if you give average kids more time and encouragement to learn, they will far exceed anyone's expectations”.
For this year, just 9 percent of the approximately 22,000 U.S. public high schools managed to reach that standard and earn placement on the list. Green Lake High School joins just 36 high schools in the state of Wisconsin out of the over 675 public and private high schools. It means Green Lake High School ranks in the top 6% of Wisconsin's high schools.
Superintendent of Schools, Ken Bates, praised his staff, students, and the School Board, “It shows that by having a focus on a common goal and sticking with it, students will benefit”. Green Lake High School started the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program in the fall of 2011 and had its first full diploma graduate in 2014.