NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas - Comal ISD's Memorial Early College High School has been named one of the top 10 best high schools in the San Antonio metro area, according to U.S. News & World Report.
Memorial Early College High School with St. Philip’s College was named tenth in the San Antonio metro area, and according to Comal ISD, is one of only three high schools in the nation designated as both an Early College High School and a New Tech Network High School where students graduate with both a distinguished high school diploma and an associate’s degree from an accredited institution of higher learning.
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MECHS is also the only school of choice in the district, having moved from a traditional to project-based learning model six years ago.
“We are proud of the successful model we have been able to establish at MECHS,” says Superintendent Andrew Kim. “We are looking to replicate this model throughout the district beginning with a second school of choice which will be co-located with Spring Branch Middle School this fall.”
MECHS also ranked 158 in the state of Texas and 1,567 in the nation. U.S. News also ranked Smithson Valley High School, Canyon High School and Canyon Lake High School as best schools.
The report uses data from the Common Core of Data from the U.S. Department of Education, state education agencies, the College Board, and International Baccalaureate to rank the 17,792 public high schools included in the list.
U.S. News used six ranking indicators to produce each school's overall score: College Readiness (30 percent), College Curriculum Breadth (10 percent), Math and Reading Proficiency (20 percent), Math and Reading Performance (20 percent), Underserved Student Performance (10 percent) and Graduation Rate (10 percent).
To see the full list and read the methodology behind the rankings, visit here.