AS "GOLD MEDAL" RECIPIENT NEW WORLD SCHOOL OF THE ARTS HIGH SCHOOL RANKS AMONG THE TOP 100 HIGH SCHO

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AS "GOLD MEDAL" RECIPIENT NEW WORLD SCHOOL OF THE ARTS HIGH SCHOOL RANKS AMONG THE TOP 100 HIGH SCHOOLS IN THE NATION, ACCORDING TO A NEW STUDY BY U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT
Miami – Receiving a “Gold Medal” rank, New World School of the Arts was placed at number 63 among America’s top 100 high an oblique angle, looking up at building 5 from the street capturing the sky schools by U.S. News & World Report, from a pool of 18,790 high schools in 40 states. Introducing the program this year, the magazine ranked schools on how well students scored on state reading and math tests, and their participation and achievement in Advanced Placement courses. A final step in evaluating each school included whether the high school was successful in providing college-level coursework.

    Dr. Frederic E, Conde, Principal of the High School program at New World School of the Arts welcomed the news expressing “The fact that New World School of the Arts made the U.S. News and World Report list is not surprising given the number of dedicated students and talented staff members. It clearly speaks to the caliber of the educational program and the commitment of all the individuals involved.” Conde concluded, “It also provides the hard data to continue to lobby for increased funding for artistic programs that foster the development of creativity and ingenuity. As the principal of the high school one of my goals is to continue to document these successes in quantifiable terms, and which, in the end, I hope translate into more financial support.”

    The national study, developed by School Evaluation Services, a K-12 education data research business run by Standard & Poor's, considered the total population in the high school, not just those students that were bound for college. As a result they were able to produce measurable academic outcomes that showed the school was successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators. Using data from the 2005-2006 school year, School Evaluation Services developed a three-step process in order to determine the best high schools. Using reading and math state proficiency scores and standards as the measuring benchmark, the first two steps ensured that the schools serve all of their students well, with emphasis on the performance of economically disadvantaged students. With a total high school enrollment of 482 students, NWSA student body is comprised of 61.6% minority (black or Hispanic) and 20.3% (of total) categorized as “disadvantaged” (percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunches). Average student performance indicators at NWSA include a State Test Performance Index of 131.2.
    For those schools that made it past the first two steps, a third step assessed the degree to which schools prepared students for college-level work, using Advanced Placement data as the benchmark for success (AP is a College Board program that offers college-level courses at high schools across the country). Only schools that had values greater than 20 in their college readiness index scored high enough to meet this criterion for gold medal selection. With a 74.1% participation rate in the AP program (the percentage of 12 graders at NWSA who took at least one AP test at some point during high school) and a 77.6% AP pass rate (percentage of students who earned a 3 or higher in the AP exam) , NWSA indexed 65.7 in the College Readiness criteria. (*College-ready student performance data derived from data provided by the College Board. Copyright © 2006 by the College Board. All rights reserved. www.collegeboard.com.)
New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts, is an educational partnership of Miami Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida. With programs accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art, Dance, Music and Theater, New World School of the Arts (NWSA), is a high school and four-year college for the visual and performing arts. Through its partnerships NWSA is able to grant degrees including Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Music. With its unique curriculum, high school students receive dual enrollment credit through it partner Miami Dade College which allows students the opportunity to graduate high school with a total of 24 college credit hours. Opening its doors in 1987, NWSA has graduated over 3,000 students of every ethnic and economic background, many of them becoming successful and passionate artists and performers.
 
For more information, please contact the New World School of the Arts call 305-237-3135 or visit www.mdc.edu/nwsa.

Photo caption: New World School of the Arts located at: 25 NE 2nd Street, Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus, Building 5, downtown Miami. Photo courtesy of NWSA.