Forest Park, IL...Proviso Math and Science Academy is ranked among the top schools on several local and national lists recently.
PMSA received a Bronze ranking on the Best High Schools in the United States list by U.S. News & World Report. It was among 2,869 schools in the nation to get the ranking based on a formula that determined whether its students were performing better than statistically expected for the average student in the state on reading and math proficiency tests. The ranking also factored in the percentage of "economically disadvantaged students," who the magazine said tend to score lower on the tests, and whether the school’s "least-advantaged students" – African-American, Hispanic, and low-income students – were performing better than average on math and reading state tests for similar students in the state, according to the magazine.
In addition to the national ranking, PMSA also ranked 14th among the top 20 public high schools in Cook County, according to rankings by Chicago Magazine, and 32nd among the top 50 public high schools in the Chicago area, according to the Chicago Tribune. The Chicago Magazine ranking was based on 2010-11 data on students’ test scores, spending per pupil, and graduation rate (for high schools), while the Tribune’s ranking was based on the percentage of students who met or exceeded state standards on the Prairie State Achievement Examination in 2012.
Kim Echols, principal at PMSA, said that it is an honor to receive the state and national recognition.
"I celebrate and acknowledge the level of diversity of the students who earned this ranking," she said. "They have done well with limited resources. [The recognition] motivates us to work even harder to meet the social, emotional, and academic needs of students to achieve the number one ranking in the state of Illinois."
Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, said that she is proud of the recognition of PMSA, but more work remains to be done.
"The faculty and students should be proud of their achievement, something they have worked hard to accomplish," she said. "We are continuing to work hard throughout the district to ensure that all of our schools achieve high levels of success."