MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) - Manhattan High School has been named one of America’s Most Challenging High Schools for the sixth consecutive year.
The Washington Post annually surveys and ranks approximately 22,000 high schools across the country. Public schools are ranked according to a ratio devised by the number of Advanced Placement and other tests taken by all students at a school and divided by the number of graduating seniors.
"The index does not take into account performance on the exam, but I’m happy to report Manhattan High School does have a 70% passing rate on those exams, which is exceedingly high compared to both state and national averages," said Principal Greg Hoyt.
Students are not required to take AP classes, but are encouraged to do so for the benefit of transitioning to college.
"It’s one of those things where you don’t see it until you get – it’s like your parents, you know," said AP Biology Teacher Patrick Lamb. "You don’t realize how much they did for you until you get away from them. And I think when they get to college and they see where they are compared to where other people just entering are, that’s when they realize how hard they did work and how much they did learn."
Just over 1,925 schools - only nine percent of all the public schools in the U.S. - qualified this year
Manhattan was one of only ten Kansas high schools to make the High School Challenge list.