Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy is ranked among the top schools in the nation according to U.S. News and World Report.
PMSA received a Bronze ranking on the Best High Schools in the United States list by the magazine. It was among 2,688 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.
The bronze ranking by U.S. News and World Report is the latest honor that PMSA has received in recent months. PMSA was ranked among the best high schools in Illinois and the nation by Newsweek magazine in September, ranking 10th among the 16 Illinois schools that made the overall top list and 65th in the country and third among Illinois high schools in the Newsweek’s
"Beating the Odds" rankings, which factor in a school's college readiness ranking and its level of poverty. In November, PMSA was listed as the 25th best high school in the state of Illinois by SchoolDigger.com
, a national school ranking site.
Dr. Bessie Karvelas, principal at PMSA, said that it is an honor to receive the state and national recognition.
"I celebrate and acknowledge the teachers who helped to make this happen, and the students who respected and embraced the changes that our leadership team brought to the school," she said. "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.
"The faculty and students should be proud of their achievement, something they have worked hard to accomplish," she said. "This achievement is reflective of the quality instruction there, and we congratulate PMSA on receiving this recognition."