New Paltz High School Among America's Most Challenging High Schools
The Washington Post’s education columnist, Jay Mathews, has been ranking the most challenging schools in the country and the D.C. region for 16 years. There are more than 1,900 schools on the America’s Most Challenging High Schools 2014 list. New Paltz High School is ranked 73rd in the Northeast region making this the eighth consecutive year that the high school has received this recognition.
The New Paltz High School’s philosophy toward its students and most challenging courses is simple, these courses are open to all students. Many schools have entrance criteria in to high level courses, and if a student doesn’t do well while enrolled, he/she may be withdrawn from the course and directed to a less challenging level program instead. Even with this stiff competition, the NewPaltz High School maintains one of the district’s most important guiding principles, a focus on learning and success for all.
Congratulations to Barbara Clinton, a principal whose leadership inspires students and staff to excellence, and to an instructional staff who believes all students can achieve at high levels given the appropriate supports and high quality instruction (with an emphasis on the high quality instruction they provide on a daily basis). And of course, accolades to our students who take up the challenge with great success!