Published May 8, 2014
By Matthew Girard, Associate Editor
Belton High School has once again been recognized as one of the top schools in the country.
For the third straight year, BHS was ranked among the top high schools in the United States by U.S News & World report.
“BHS has outstanding teachers,” Belton Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Susan Kincannon. “Everyday they’re creating a learning environment that challenges our students to excel. They deserve this recognition. It highlights their success in the classroom.”
BHS received a silver medal and was the highest ranked school in the county by the publication. BHS placed 177th in Texas and 1,872 nationally.
More than 31,200 schools were analyzed based on college readiness, geometry proficiency, reading proficiency and student-to-teacher ratio. Five hundred schools were awarded gold medals and 1,519 earned sliver medals.
BHS Prinicpal Chris duBois said the teachers are deserving of the honor.
“Walk into any classroom at BHS. You’ll see students who are authentically engaged in learning,” duBois said. “They’re having meaningful conversations about the material and preparing for their future. We have great teachers, and this ranking confirms it.”
The rankings were based on 2013 scores by the publication.
BISD Executive Director of Secondary Curriculum and Instruction Kim Christy-Anderson said that the teachers take ownership of making sure their students are learning every day.
“As a district, we made the decision to write our own curriculum,” Christy-Anderson said. “Each year teachers are involved in creating and revising lesson plans and assessments for the subjects that they teach. It’s an investment of time and energy by our teachers that pays off in high-quality instruction. I think that’s one reason why BHS received this recognition.”