Named this week as one of the Best Schools in Texas, Elkhart High School received the National Bronze Medal from U.S. News and World Report. For the rankings, U.S. News collected information on more than 22,000 public high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Schools are awarded gold, silver, or bronze medals based on their performance on state assessments and their students' college readiness. Elkhart High School has roughly 390 students in grades nine through 12.
“I am extremely proud of our students and staff for this recognition,” said Ray DeSpain, superintendent of Elkhart schools. “It reflects a great deal of hard work and commitment on everyone’s part... .”
DeSpain touted Elkhart's well-rounded programs in fine arts and career and technology, along with the district's extracurricular programs.
The nationally recognized magazine rated schools on their student academic achievement, graduation rates, college readiness, and disadvantaged student performance.
“To be recognized as one of the best schools in Texas is truly an honor,” said Jason Ives, principal of Elkhart High School. “We are very fortunate to have great support from our parents, administration, board, and school community.”
Student expectations are set high throughout Elkhart schools, Ives said. “Everyone buys into our mission and vision for excellence,” he said.