Published : Wednesday, May 7, 2014 | 2:23 AM
Flintridge Preparatory School is ranked in the top 15 most challenging private schools in the United States, according to a Washington Post report published April 7.
Headmaster Peter Bachmann says, “We’re pleased once again to be ranked among America’s most challenging schools by the Washington Post. We’re equally pleased to be recognized by the Council for Spiritual and Ethical Education and the Ford Foundation for our creative programs.”
The Washington Post’s education columnist, Jay Mathews, has been ranking the most challenging schools in the country and the D.C. region for 16 years. There are more than 1,900 schools on the America’s Most Challenging High Schools 2014 list, which is available online at http://apps.washingtonpost.com/local/highschoolchallenge/
While the rankings include SAT scores and the number of students requiring lunch subsidies, it is largely based on the number of Advanced Placement exams given in a year in proportion to the number of graduates. In the recently released index, Flintridge Prep ranked 12th among private schools, with 611 tests given and a total of 106 graduates. In 2013, the school was ranked 6th, with 605 tests given and a total of 96 graduates.
The school is honored to be recognized for its overall competiveness and its academic programs. Prep teachers and administrators encourage students to learn for the sake of exploration, to build strong relationships and to hone critical thinking skills. Students are encouraged to build high school resumes that reflect their future goals while also having time to explore extracurricular activities, sports and electives.
Director of College Counseling Gloria Ventura says that the Washington Post rankings highlight the excellent job the Prep community does in preparing students for a strong liberal arts education.
“The findings support our goal that students are able to connect philosophical and practical academic concepts,” she says.
Flintridge Preparatory School, 4543 Crown Avenue, La Cañada Flintridge, (818) 790-1178 or visit www.flintridgeprep.org.