Unionville High School named as one of the best schools in nation

Unionville High School was ranked as one of the top high schools in the nation for the second time this year. FRAN MAYE — KENNETT PAPER

EAST MARBOROUGH >> Unionville High School once again has been ranked as one of the very best high schools in the nation.

This time, the ranking comes from the Daily Beast, which also owns Newsweek Magazine. It is the second time this year Unionville High School was recognized for academic excellence. The Pittsburgh Business Times named Unionville as tops in the nation earlier this year.

Because of all the stringent factors that go into the Daily Beast’s rankings, John Sanville, superintendent of the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District, said he was especially pleased.

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“UCFSD has all the ingredients,” Sanville said. “Staff and faculty who are dedicated, knowledgeable and prepared; students who work hard and focus; and families who truly understand the value of quality public education.”

The Beast used six indicators culled from school surveys to compare public high schools in the nation, with graduation and college acceptance rates weighed most heavily. Other criteria included college-level courses and exams, percentage of students with free or reduced lunch, as well as SAT and ACT scores.

Unionville’s graduation rate is 100 percent, with 95 percent going on to college. The average SAT score at UHS is 1731 and average ACT score is 25.7, and 31 percent of students enroll in Advanced Placement (AP) classes at Unionville High School, with a pass rate of 93 percent.

Sanville said despite being ranked as one of the elite high schools in the nation, administrators and teachers strive to get even better.

“It is an honor to be part of a community that can generate measurable and remarkable results consistently,” he said.

Earlier this year, Susan Shelley, a French teacher at the high school for more than 30 years, who honored with the Citadel Heart of Learning Award which recognizes outstanding teachers. And Unionville also won the 2014 Pica award, which recognizes dynamic school yearbook programs.

Recently, U.S. News and World Reports ranked the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District as one of the best school district in the nation based on a study of 21,035 school districts in the nation, and schooldigger.com ranked the district number four out of 560 Pennsylvania school districts (including charter schools).

Kennett High School ranked number 671 in the nation in the Daily Beast’s ranking. It has a graduation rate of 90.50, with 78.8 percent college-bound. Just over 16 percent of Kennett students enroll in AP classes with a pass rate of 18.5 percent. Twenty-nine percent of students take part in the free and reduced lunch program.

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Fran Maye

Fran Maye is an award-winning journalist and a graduate of Shippensburg University. He and his wife Marianne live in East Marlborough. He enjoys golf and is a 4.0 tennis player. Reach the author at kennettpaper@gmail.com or follow Fran on Twitter: @kennettpaper.