I’m sure you’ve heard of Uplift Education, a charter school network with nine schools in North Texas. This week, both The Washington Post and Newsweek named some of these schools among the best in the nation.
The Washington Post did a “High School Challenge,” and gave all five eligible Uplift schools a spot among the top 70 high schools in the nation. In Newsweek‘s “America’s Best High Schools,” four Uplift schools were nationally ranked. Three of them were named “Transformative Schools,” meaning they educate students from all skill levels and graduate uniformly qualified students. (Five of the Uplift schools have a low-income student ratio of 70 percent or above.) Beyond these accolades, Uplift also boasted a 100 percent college acceptance for all its seniors this year.
I have a couple of friends who, through Teach for America, have taught at one of these schools for the past two years. They’re not only extremely intelligent, but very passionate about teaching and about their students. It’s a great network of schools with some very talented teachers. I’m glad their work is being recognized.
UPDATE: A few other DISD schools were also mentioned in the lists. There were five DISD high schools named in the Newsweek list and 10 in The Washington Post‘s list. The School for the Talented and Gifted was ranked second for the second consecutive year. The School of Science and Engineering came in third on The Washington Post‘s list. Congrats to all.