Hickman High Among Top U.S. Schools
The magazine ranked Hickman as the 1,013th top high school, mainly because students take more difficult classes including Advanced Placement courses to receive college credit.
"It's more than just outside of high school grades," said senior Tyler Levsen. "It's going to influence where I am, influence me in college, also just to get credit hours for college. That way I can save money, not have to spend as much."
This week's issue of Newsweek ranks a high school by dividing its number of AP tests by its number of graduating seniors.
Hickman teachers aren't surprised at this latest achievement.
"The students have, you know, over the years, have just been top-quality students," said Deanna Wasman, "and the whole community values education."
Hickman counselor Ann Landis also is happy her school is again on the national list, although it's ranked lower than last year.
"This year we have over 500 students testing, which is down from last year because the state has withdrawn that funding," she explained. "Students aren't taking as many tests because they're paying for their own tests."
Now, students must pay $82 for each test. Landis also said students who take AP classes perform better, on average, in college.