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Philipsburg-Osceola celebrates ranking of high school among state’s best

Philipsburg-Osceola Senior High School was ranked among the top high schools in the state by U.S. News and World Report.
Philipsburg-Osceola Senior High School was ranked among the top high schools in the state by U.S. News and World Report. CDT photo

It’s something that Philipsburg-Osceola Area Senior High School has never seen.

This year, the school was ranked 67th best high school in the state by U.S. News & World Report.

“This is the first time P-O has been ranked,” said Principal Robin Stewart. “I congratulate P-O high school teachers for their dedication to improving educational outcomes for our students.”

The list was released May 12, ranking the top 77 schools in Pennsylvania.

Stewart attributes the accolade to the need to improve.

“(It’s) never being satisfied that you do something that you’ve never done before, (and) always striving to be better and moving the educational system to be better,” she said. “Recognizing the achievements of teachers and students leads to being able to challenge all members of our educational community to continue to strive for greater success.”

Stewart said the mission at the school is to create and maintain a “culture of success” by hiring and keeping “the most highly qualified teachers” who focus on student success beyond the classroom.

The school also increased the number of Advanced Placement classes offered to 12, this year.

About 30 percent of students who took AP exams scored well enough to receive college credit, Stewart said.

Pre-AP classes are also offered for ninth and 10th grades.

“AP teachers received AP professional development and refresher courses,” Stewart said. “Success for all students (is) offering courses for all levels of students that are rigorous and career oriented.”

At 42, State College Area High School was the only other area school to be ranked.

Rankings were based on student-to-teacher ratio, college readiness and test scores.

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