Higley High School is one of only 16 schools in Arizona to make it onto the Washington Post’s 2014 ‘America’s Most Challenging High School’ List.
The Washington Post list ranks schools nationwide based on the number of college-level tests given the previous calendar year, including Advanced Placement.
Higley Unified School District was recognized last fall as an AP Honor Roll District by the College Board for the increased number of high school students taking and passing Advanced Placement tests. Nearly 20 AP courses are available at both Higley and Williams Field High Schools.
“As we strive to ensure our students are truly ready for the challenges and rigors that define today’s collegiate landscape, we have focused on an individualized approach to academic planning and course selection. The results are evident in the increasing numbers of students that opt to participate in Honors and AP classes, and commit to sitting for the Spring exams. We are only beginning to scratch the surface of the intellectual potential among our students at Higley High School. I am extremely proud of their academic tenacity and fortitude as they are setting a strong example for their peers,” Principal Roseyn Hood said.
Higley High School is the only Gilbert school on the list this year and one of only four from the East Valley.
“The Challenge Index is designed to identify schools that have done the best job in persuading average students to take college-level courses and tests,” Washington Post writer Jay Mathews wrote about the 2014 Most Challenging High School list.