Written by Phil Cerroni
By Amanda Casanova
North Hills Preparatory has been ranked as the 10th best public school in the nation, according to a report by Newsweek and The Washington Post.
The school, whose first graduating class in 2002 boasted only 18 seniors, now serves close to 1,500 kindergarten through 12th grade students with another roughly 2,000 on the waiting list to get into the highly-ranked program.
The Newsweek and The Washington Post rankings were measured based on six components, including graduation rate, college matriculation rate, Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate/Advanced International Certificate of Education tests taken per student, average SAT/ACT scores, average AP/IB/AICE scores, and AP courses offered per student.
According to the rankings, college-prep school students at the charter school in Irving earn an average AP score of 2.7 and SAT scores average at about 1830 of a total possible 2400.
The school also boasts a 100 percent graduation rate with all of the graduates attending college.
The charter school serves students from Coppell, Dallas, Denton, Grapevine-Colleyville, Carrollton-Farmers Branch, Irving and Lewisville school districts.