Washington Post ranks two Pierce County high schools among the state's top high schools

Tacoma News TribuneApril 25, 2014 

The Washington Post ranks Tacoma ‘s Lincoln High School as the 22nd most challenging high school in Washington state.

Elsewhere in Pierce County, Graham-Kapowsin High School, part of the Bethel School District, was ranked No. 33 in the state.

The newspaper's annual ranking is based on the number of college-level tests given at a school in 2013, divided by the number of graduates that year.

The annual ranking uses a scoring formula called the Challenge Index, which identifies comprehensive public high schools that have done the best job to persuade students to take college-level courses and tests, such as Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB). Research has shown that taking those kinds of courses – regardless of how well students do on the AP and IB tests – prepares students well for college academic work.

While Lincoln ranks No. 22 out of 33 public schools on the state list, it has the highest poverty rate, 78 percent of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch. 

“This is a celebration of all the great work our Abe community is doing,” said Tacoma Deputy Superintendent Josh Garcia. “We look forward to our other comprehensive high schools making the list in the future.”


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