We just got this rundown of most excellent statistics on Woodrow Wilson High School’s performance this past school year, from the alumni association. Some of it, we’ve already reported here, and some of it, we haven’t. But it’s all good news:

1. Newsweek identified the top 1622 (out of 22,000) high schools in the country and Woodrow moved up about 200 places to No. 422, a ranking higher than area suburban schools, including Plano, Allen, Coppell and Southlake Carroll, and even Lake Highlands in RISD. That puts Woodrow in the top 2 percent in the country.

2. This year’s class of 266 graduates is 88 percent college-bound vs. 64 percent last year.

3. So far, it looks like this year’s class has received offers of about $8 million in scholarships, grants and awards. Averaged out, that would be more than $35,000 per college-bound student.

4. The Class of 2010’s valedictorian, John Matusewicz, will attend Northwestern University; and the salutatorian, Ryder Billings, has been named a Bill Gates Scholar and has received a full scholarship to Yale University.

5. Last November, Woodrow won the ACT College Readiness Award. Only high schools ranked in the top 5 percent are considered for that honor.

6. This year, Woodrow’s debate team advanced to the state competition and a two-member team won a national debate award in New York City.

7. Woodrow has been selected as one of four Texas candidate schools to be designated an International Baccalaureate World School.

8. Pre-International Baccalaureate will be offered to incoming ninth graders this fall. Over 130 students applied for Woodrow’s new International Baccalaureate program and that list has been narrowed down to 80, with substantial numbers being students who otherwise would have attended private schools.


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