Union County schools represented on list

By Dick Mason, The Observer May 15, 2013 12:19 pm

Imbler High School students, including from left, Maddy Lease, Jacey Teeter, Ally Fullerton and Eli Bowers, take a break from their classes Tuesday afternoon. (Chris Baxter/The Observer)
Imbler High School students, including from left, Maddy Lease, Jacey Teeter, Ally Fullerton and Eli Bowers, take a break from their classes Tuesday afternoon. (Chris Baxter/The Observer)
 

Cove, Imbler and Powder Valley high schools are in select company.

These Union County high schools have been awarded bronze rankings from U.S. News and World Report. The rankings are based on test scores and other criteria. 

Gerald Hopkins, an administrator with the North Powder School District, said the news that North Powder had received a bronze rating was uplifting.

 “We knew that we were doing a great job but to receive national recognition reinforces it,” Hopkins said. 

He said the national recognition reflects excellent work by the district’s staff and teachers.

“All of this could not be accomplished without a great staff and a great support staff,” Hopkins said.

U.S. News and World Report took data from 21,000 public high schools in the United States to compile its ratings, according to its website. Only 22.8 percent of these high school schools earned a medal rating. Five hundred received a gold rating, 1,790 earned a silver rating and 2,515 received a bronze rating.

Cove School District Superintendent Bruce Neil speaks with pride about his high school’s rating. 

“We’re excited,” Neil said. “This is a real testament to the quality of the staff we have.”

Neil also said it was a credit to small class sizes, which help instill positive student-teacher relationships.

“The students know that the staff cares about them and wants them to be successful,” Neil said.

Imbler School District Superintendent Doug Hislop said his high school’s rating reflects the degree to which his faculty and staff take ownership in the success of their students. He said the success of his staff and students is helping build a sense of academic momentum. 

“When (students) feel successful, they continue to grow,” Hislop said.

Criteria evaluated by U.S. News & World Report in addition to test scores included how many students go on to college. Powder Valley High School is among those with a sterling reputation when it comes to propelling students to college.

The college enrollment statistics were compiled by the National Student Clearinghouse of Herndon, Va.