The mission of Pea Ridge School District is to provide a safe environment, to increase
Literacy and Math skills, learn communication skills through verbal and written means, and mold young people
to be lifelong learners and productive members of society.
We're proud to announce two accomplishments our school district has been recognized for over the last couple of days.
High School Recognition
Pea Ridge High School has been recognized in Newsweek/The Daily Beast top 2000 High Schools across the country as one of AMERICA'S BEST HIGH SCHOOLS.
With approximately 30,000 high schools in America (public and private), PRHS is in the top 6%!!
In 2005 we had 39 students in AP classes, and we proctored 62 exams (14 qualifiers). In the last seven years our incredible AP program has grown to 190 students taking 301 exams (90-100 qualifiers estimated). This is approximately 500% increase in takers and exams, and estimated 700% increase in qualifiers ... maybe more.
I wanted to applaud the hard work and dedication of the Pea RIdge High School staff by acknowledging why they are successful..
- Pea Ridge High School offers more AP courses and has more students enrolled in AP courses than any other school district our size in the state of Arkansas.
- Pea Ridge High School has over 25 highly trained AP and Pre-AP teachers through AAIMS, APSI and Laying the Foundations.
- Pea Ridge High School will be prepared for Common Core because it has practiced rigor and relevance for the last five years.
Middle School Recognition
Every Fall, the Office for Education Policy (OEP) at the University of Arkansas creates a report titled the "Outstanding Educational Performance Awards" highlighting the highest-achieving schools in Arkansas based on Benchmark and End-of-Course exam performance. We are pleased to announce that Pea Ridge Middle School from Pea Ridge School District won the Most Improved Middle School in Math award in the
2012 OEP Awards. Congratulations! You can view the entire report here: http://www.uark.edu/ua/oep/AER/8_2_OEP_Awards.pdf
On Wednesday, May 15th, the OEP will hold an awards ceremony at our annual conference in Little Rock in which the highest-achieving school in each category will be recognized. Pea Ridge Middle School will be among those recognized.
We have changed the culture over the last several years and it has impacted all of our students as rigor trickles down to Pre-AP as well as regular ed. This culture change wasn't created overnight or by one person. It takes several incredible people to create a great team and a great school. We have challenges ahead with Common Core, teacher evaluations and PARRC assessments, and we plan on meeting those challenges with the great teaching of our great teachers leading the way.