Washington Post’s ranking of Dallas’ most challenging schools in 2017.

Correction: This reporter had a lapse of counting ability, for sadly she did not go to Woodrow, which is the ninth-most challenging school in Dallas.

Woodrow Wilson High School was the most expensive school in the city when it opened 1928; clearly the city had big dreams for the East Dallas institution. The school has continued to fill those dreams, made apparent last month when it was named the 329th most challenging high school by the Washington Post.

Of the more than 25,000 schools considered, that puts Woodrow in the top 1.5 percent of all high schools in America.

The demarkation is given to schools based on the number of students who participate in advanced placement and other educationally demanding programs such as International Baccalaureate and the Advanced International Certificate of Education.

Woodrow has a model IB program that is flourishing, where the number of students taking part has more than doubled every year since it launched. On Facebook, the school’s page thanked Dallas ISD trustee Dustin Marshall, who is hoping to keep his seat in a run off election this Saturday, for reporting the school’s updated IB and AP figures to the Washington Post.

It’s not the first time Woodrow has earned this accolade, but the school is moving on up, as the Jefferson would say, with a slightly higher ranking than last year. Woodrow also earned a silver medal from U.S. News and World Report this year.

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