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YWLA Ranks Among Nation’s Best High Schools

Fort Worth ISD’s Young Women’s Leadership Academy is listed among the nation’s top high schools according to two national-ranking systems recently announced. 

The U.S. News and World Report ranked the campus No. 82 in national rankings, No. 8 in Texas High Schools and No. 4 in the D-FW Metroplex. YWLA jumped in rank from No. 761 to No. 82 nationally and from No.100 to No. 8 in the state within the last year, Principal Tamara Albury said.

The Jay Mathews Challenge Index, which is noted on its website as the “oldest high school ranking system in the country, beginning in 1998 in both Newsweek and The Washington Post,” ranked YWLA No. 32 among the nation’s top high schools. In 2019, the school ranked No. 249 on the list.

The U.S. News and World Report Best High Schools rankings are based on an evaluation of high school student performance on state math and reading exams, test performance of minority and economically disadvantaged students, graduation rates and how well a school prepared its students for college based on performance on advanced academic exams in which students can earn college credit, such as Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate. 

The Jay Mathews Challenge Index " ranks high schools by a simple ratio: the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or Cambridge tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year. Schools ranked No. 220 or above are in the top 1% of America's 22,000 high schools," according to its website. 


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