Elizabeth High School was among the select few schools in America to be recognized as a “Changemaker School” by ‘The Daily Beast’/Newsweek in its ranking of 25’ Doing the Most With the Least’.
EHS ranked No. 15 on the “Changemaker School” list by boasting impressive student performance indicators despite the school’s socioeconomic status such as a 96 percent graduation rate, 91 percent of students reported as college bound, and 100 percent of students enrolled in advanced placement courses.
Research has proven that economic deprivation negatively impacts education. ‘The Daily Beast’/ Newsweek compiled the list of 25 “Changemaker Schools”, “to take note of the schools that were “beating the odds and experiencing incredible academic success despite high poverty levels.”
Overall, EHS ranked No. 272 on the media outlet’s annual list of the top high schools in America, ahead of fellow New Jersey high schools Madison, Howell, Arthur Johnson, Bergenfield, Oakhurst, and Columbia among others.
In the category of ‘Rigor’, a vital component of the Elizabeth Public Schools’ instructional curriculum, EHS ranked No. 50 nationally and was only one of only six New Jersey schools to reach the top 100, appearing ahead of Chatham, NJ. EHS has a high amount of students enrolled in AP/IB Courses – which is a key indicator of rigor in this ranking.
Superintendent Olga Hugelmeyer commends EHS for its latest recognition. “Once again, Elizabeth High School serves as a shining example of what our students can achieve through equity, expectations, and excellence. Their achievement is proof that socioeconomic status does not determine the ability of our students to achieve at high levels,” said Hugelmeyer.
Board President Tony Monteiro also praised the efforts of the high school, but was not surprised by the school’s latest achievement. “This recognition speaks to the tremendous work that has been done by the students and staff at Elizabeth High School and shows how far we have come as a school district when we expect our schools to be mentioned among the nation’s best in these types of rankings. It further validates the Elizabeth Public Schools being recognized as the number one urban school district in the State of New Jersey.”
For further information on Elizabeth Public Schools, please visit www.epsnj.org.