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June 17, 2014

Washington newspaper honors city schools

Thomasville High School and its Scholars Academy were honored with recognition by The Washington Post in its selection of “America’s Most Challenging High Schools.” This special recognition appeared in the April 7 issue of the Washington Post published by Washington Post Company.

The Washington Post takes the total number of Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) tests given at a school each year and divides by the number of seniors who graduate in May. The Washington Post calls this the Challenge Index. The Challenge Index is designed to identify schools that have done the best job of encouraging average students to take college-level courses and tests. With a few exceptions, public schools that achieved a ratio of 1.0, meaning they had as many tests in 2013 as they had graduates, were put on the national list at  A school can reach a ratio of 1.0  if only half of its students take one AP, IB or AICE test in their junior year and one in their senior year.  This year, however, just 9 percent of the approximately 22,000 U.S. public high schools managed to reach that standard and earn placement on this distinguished list. Of those schools that made the list, Thomasville High School ranked 1,409th out of the 22,000. 

Todd Mobley, principal of Thomasville High School (THS) said, “This is quite an honor for us. The fact that THS met the criteria to be included in the Washington Post America’s Most Challenging Schools signals that our effort of increasing the number of opportunities for students to take Advanced Placement classes is paying off.”

Thomasville High School and its Scholars Academy have 14 AP classes available for its students.    Dale Graham, director of the Scholars Academy, said, “This is a significant honor for a school this size. We try to provide students with best opportunity to be able to take the most challenging classes. Students will be able to take Advanced Placement classes at Thomasville High School and the Scholars Academy this fall.”

Following the publication of Thomasville High Schools selection for the Washington Post’s “America’s Most Challenging Schools,” American Registry seconded the honor and added THS to the “Registry of Business Excellence.”An exclusive recognition plaque has been designed to commemorate this honor.


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