Glen Rose again cited by magazine among nation's top high schools

Mark Wilson
Glen Rose High School Principal Kelly Shackelford

It’s often said that when parents establish high expectations for their children’s scholastic goals, they are more likely to reach those standards.

That may also be the case for Glen Rose High School, which has once again been recognized as one of the top academic schools in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

For the second year in a row, GRISD earned a bronze medal in the school rankings published by the magazine, which considers schools in the categories of college Readiness, Advanced Placement examinations and proficiency in math and English.

Superintendent Wayne Rotan said he is proud of Glen Rose High School being named among the Nation’s Best Schools by U.S. News and World Report for the second consecutive year.

“Congratulations to the students and staff of Glen Rose High School,” Rotan stated. “It’s a great day to be a Glen Rose Tiger.”

Kelly Shackelford, in his first year as Glen Rose High School’s principal, said he thinks that high expectations in the school’s culture lead to better results.

“I think parents, teachers and students all expect us to be recognized nationally,” Shackelford said. “When I got here, the reputation Glen Rose had was very good. It didn’t take me very long to figure out why. The kids are challenged by the teachers.”

Rotan added, “It reflects the dedication, commitment and effort by the students and staff of Glen Rose ISD.”

He noted that the U.S. News and World Report ranking methodology included only AP exams, and did not account for the number of dual credit courses completed by GRHS students through Angelo State University.

If the dual credit course work had been used in the rankings, GRHS would have ranked even higher, Rotan stated. He mentioned that Glen Rose ISD sets expectations for all graduates to complete 20 college hours and/or complete a technical certification ready to enter the workforce upon graduation.

Shackelford said that the magazine ranked the nation’s schools using either a gold designation for the top group, silver for the second group and bronze for the third-highest achievers. It includes all schools, including private and charter schools.

The magazine’s website states that there are 589 Texas schools included in the 2017 U.S. News Best High Schools rankings, and GRHS is ranked No. 232. Schools are ranked based on their performance on state-required tests and how well they prepare students for college.

The category for GRISD’s highest score, at 93 percent, was in mathematics proficiency. That was followed by English proficiency, at 86 percent.

In the category of AP Tested, GRHS stands at 40 percent, followed by AP Passed at 29 percent, and College Readiness Index at 18.4 percent.