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High School Earns Coveted National Ranking


Rockford High School recently was named by Newsweek as one of the best 500 high schools in the country, ranking No. 268 in the magazine’s annual survey.

The school was chosen from nearly 6,500 that were considered among the nation’s 15,819 public high schools, based on performance data from the National Center for Education statistics. Newsweek used six weighted measurements to assess how well high schools are preparing students for college, including SAT/ACT test scores, graduation rate and college enrollment rate.

Rockford High was one of 16 Michigan public schools to be recognized and the only one in West Michigan, noted Superintendent Michael Shibler.

“Because Newsweek used objective research and performance data from the National Center for Education Statistics to identify the schools, this is a meaningful and important distinction that sets Rockford High School above most,” Shibler said in a prepared statement. “This success is attributable to the preparation of students starting at the elementary level through high school, and is the result of the teamwork of our K-12 faculty, support staff, Board of Education and students under the leadership of Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Dr. Ryan Kelley. Congratulations to Principal Dan Zang and the entire high school staff for receiving this recognition.”

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Charles Honey
Charles Honey
Charles Honey is editor-in-chief of SNN, and covers Rockford and Grand Rapids. As a reporter for The Grand Rapids Press/mLive from 1985 to 2009, his beats included Grand Rapids Public Schools, local colleges and education issues. Honey served as editor of The Press’ award-winning Religion section for 15 years and its columnist for 20. His freelance articles have appeared in Christianity Today, Religion News Service and Faith & Leadership magazine. Read Charles' full bio

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