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(May 5, 2019) -- The U.S. News & World Report ranked Gateway College Prep School among the top 100 high schools in Texas for 2019.
This year’s rankings again recognized many open-enrollment charter schools in Texas. In addition to the national list, US News also puts out a Top 100 Texas Public High Schools. Public charter schools took 35 of the Top 100 spots! A great accomplishment when you consider that we only make up 6 percent of public schools in Texas.
In determining its rankings, U.S. News and World Report considers many factors, including college readiness, math and reading proficiency, math and reading performance, under-served student performance, college curriculum breadth, and graduation rates.
Open-enrollment public charter schools continue to make great progress in preparing Texas students for life. The Texas Charter Schools Association is incredibly proud of the 35 public charter schools that have earned their spot in the Top 100 Public High Schools in the Lone Star State.
In 2018, Orenda Charter School District, with its five total campuses in Central Texas, received an “A” rating in overall performance by the Texas Education Agency’s new “A-F” grading system initiated this year. Locally, Gateway College Prep School, a K-12 school campus serving more than 1,300 students, earned a “Met Standard” rating while earning six out of seven “distinctions.” The school earned an overall score of 95. Gateway Tech High School, also operating in Georgetown, offers a daily, 4-hour blended learning academic program for grades 9-12 only. That school earned a “Met Alternative Standard” with an overall score of 92.
In a 2015 report on “America’s Most Challenging High Schools” conducted by and published in the Washington Post, Gateway College Preparatory School was ranked 77th in the U.S., 27th in Texas and number 2 in the greater Austin area. The report (see link) ranked schools in the nation based on a ratio of the number of college credit exams (Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and Advanced International Certificate of Education) taken at a high school each year compared to the number of graduating seniors.
Based on the 2014 state-wide STAAR accountability ratings on Texas public schools, our flagship Gateway College Preparatory School in Georgetown, Texas score of “Met Standard” with five (5) distinctions in mathematics, science, reading/ELA, social studies and post- secondary readiness exceeded the ratings of most other public schools in Central Texas.
Compared to the closest 65 traditional public schools near our campus, only 7 schools received a better rating than Gateway Prep.
In a September 1, 2014 Dallas Morning News article on the Texas public school academic accountability ratings, the Orenda Charter School District was listed as one of the top 25 public school districts in Texas (traditional and charter school districts combined with at least 1,000 students) that significantly exceeded state averages in student academic growth.
Another significant achievement, and one of which we are very proud, is that our boys are performing just as well as our girls academically and, in many subjects, exceeding our girls. This is a significant development because in America the trend has been that boys are not doing as well as our girls in school.
Today, women outpace men in college enrollment by a ratio of 1.4 to 1 and the gap has been growing for well over a decade. Research shows that schools like Gateway Prep, with high expectations and stronger academic climates for both genders, can be a difference maker for boys. In other words, boys are better prepared and more likely to be college ready if they attend a secondary school that only offers college level core courses.
In 2018, Orenda Education's financial accountability score was announced by Orenda Chief Financial Officer Margina Escobar. Once again, she reported that Orenda secured the highest rating of "A Superior"with a perfect 100 score!
Many of our students participate in the Texas University Interscholastic League (UIL), an organization started in Austin in 1910 that provides educational extracurricular, academic, athletic and music contests. The UIL continues to operate as part of the University of Texas. The initials UIL have come to represent quality educational competition administered by school people on an equitable basis. We believe that participation by our students enhances their overall cultural experiences in public education. Students learn to broaden their horizons through leadership and citizen experiences as promoted by UIL.
Several teams and individuals have achieved "champion" status. The majority of those students attended Gateway College Prep School, a K-12 school in Georgetown. For example, the school's high school baseball team has won multiple district championships and made it to the State Semi-finals game in June, 2017 played at the Dell Diamond in Round Rock. Several track and field athletes have represented their school at the State Finals in Austin, including two students in the 3-A level pole vault event and one in multiple appearances in the 100m and 200m races. A boys's 200m swim relay team also qualified for the State Swim Meet on the University of Texas campus.
Other academic and music/art accolades have been awarded to robotics team members, dance team participants and theater and choir participants.