Karla, Brandon, Leo
Pacific Collegiate Charter:
Completion of Advanced Placement courses is required for graduation, as is study of at least one foreign language. Students must also complete at least 20 hours of community service per year
Requirements of 4 AP classes to graduate
At the end of their sophomore year, students choose between a business track or a health and science track to supplement their core courses.
The top schools are private and the failing schools are usually public. The fact that there are AP requirements is probably why they are more successful in academics than the failing schools.
Both of these schools have a big percentage of full time teachers and small class sizes. The teachers are also available after school.
Karla: I went to a private jesuit high school. There was no requirement of AP courses, but we did have to do a lot of community service. My school had small class sizes and the professors were very available after class. I could say that my high school was a balance of both of these types of schools.
After looking at what makes these high ranking high schools in the United States, I can say that my high school fell well behind these requirements. Whether it be the lack of AP classes offered or the student to teacher ratio, my high school didn’t stack up to the high schools shown on the list. In addition, the support given towards students, while still present, is nowhere near the amount said to be towards those in high ranking schools. Furthermore, the state and budget of my school pales in comparison to the private and sought after institutions for education.
Reflection (Leo): After researching about those successful school in the US, and compare my high school to those high ranking high schools, I found that my old high school could be considered as a failing high school, there are no AP classes requirements or foreign languages studies requirements, and sometimes we don’t have enough teachers.