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Cumberland Valley, Camp Hilll named in America's Best High Schools list

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Cumberland Valley High School and Camp Hill Senior High School earned  silver rankings on U.S. News and World Report's list of best high schools across the country. The ranking for CV is up from a bronze in the rankings compiled in 2009, according to a release from the school.

The 2012 America’s Best High Schools rankings were announced on Tuesday. Cumberland Valley and Camp Hill were the only ones in Cumberland County to receive a ranking and earn a spot on both the national and state Best High Schools lists.

Only 49 high schools in Pennsylvania earned the silver ranking, according to www.usnews.com. U.S. News & World Report ranked Camp Hill Senior High School No. 11 and Cumberland Valley High School No. 35 in the state when considering Pennsylvania public, charter and magnet high schools.

Camp Hill was ranked 714 and CV was ranked 1,448 of the top 1,500 high schools across the country. The publication analyzed 21,776 public high schools in 48 states and the District of Columbia.

Research to determine rankings was done by U.S. News & World Reports together with the American Institute of Research. State proficiency test scores and each school’s effort in preparing students for college-level work – such as student participation in Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs – is part of the methodology used to rank high schools. Rankings are based on 2011 data.

Camp Hill had 48 percent AP participation rate among its 367 students and Cumberland Valley had 27 percent AP participation among its 2,525 students, which is more than other area schools – Big Spring High School had 15 percent AP participation among 989 students, Boiling Springs High School had 11 percent AP participation among 748 students and Cedar Cliff High School had 19 percent AP participation among 1,322 students. None of those schools were ranked by U.S. News & World.

U.S. News & World did not have listings for Carlisle High School, Mechanicsburg Area Senior High School, Shippensburg Area Senior High School, Trinity High School or Red Land High School.

According to Cumberland Valley School District, it introduced the International Baccalaureate Programme to students in the 2011-2012 academic school year. In 2012, students took a total of 1,087 AP exams, which is up from 967 exams in 2011, 692 in 2010, 401 in 2009 and 274 in 2008. During that time period, the number of students taking exams rose from 136 students in 2008 to 550 students in 2012. CV offered its students 27 different AP courses in 2011.

“This national recognition is a reflection of our continued efforts to advance our students and to challenge them to the best of their individual abilities,” High School Principal Judy Baumgardner said in the release. “It also speaks volumes to our students who have stepped up to the plate to accept these challenges, to our teachers who recognize that all students can achieve at high levels, and certainly to the parental, school board and community support we have for our students and our academic programs.”

For more information about the Best High Schools rankings, go to the U.S. News & World Report website at www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools.

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