All four STISD High Schools rank among the Most Challenging in the State and Nation for seventh consecutive year

All four STISD High Schools Rank among the Most Challenging in the State and Nation for Seventh Consecutive Year
Posted on 05/09/2017
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All four high schools within South Texas Independent School District (STISD) ranked in the top 40 in the state in The Washington Post’s 2017 High School Challenge Index, which graded and ranked more than 2,300 public and private campuses nationwide on their commitment to effectively preparing students for higher education. 

South Texas Academy for Medical Professions (Medical Academy) in Olmito ranked 26th in the nation, while The Science Academy of South Texas (Sci Tech) in Mercedes ranked 56th, South Texas Business, Education & Technology Academy (BETA) in Edinburg ranked 137th and South Texas High School for Health Professions (Med High) in Mercedes ranked 147th. 

In comparison to other schools in Texas, Medical Academy ranked 12th, Sci Tech ranked 19th, BETA ranked 36th and Med High ranked 38th out of 140 high schools that made the list. 

This was the seventh year in a row that at least three out of the four STISD high schools ranked within the top 40 in the state.

In 1998, The Washington Post began compiling its High School Challenge List, which ranked Washington-area public high schools based on how effectively the campuses prepared their students for college. In 2011, the Post expanded its research to include high schools across the nation.

The Challenge ranks high schools using their Challenge Index, the score calculated by dividing the number of Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) or other college-level exams taken in 2016 by the number of graduating seniors.