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While Dallas ISD magnet schools get the lion’s share of public accolades (at least when you look at city-wide press), our own Woodrow Wilson High School has been quietly racking up the recognitions for decades. This month it earned a silver medal from U.S. News and World Report, which ranked it in the top 5 percent of all public high schools in the country.

“The gold and silver awards reflect which schools are most successfully preparing students for college, based on students participating in and achieving passing scores on Advanced Placement tests. For a school to be eligible for a gold or silver medal, its students must also do well on the appropriate statewide tests and graduate at high rates,” the report states.

The article noted the school’s high graduation rate at 95 percent, along with its Advanced Placement offerings and overall subject proficiency. The school ranked 1,137th in the country (out of more than 25,000 public high schools), and 128th in Texas (out of more than 8,300 public high schools).

It’s one of many honors the school has earned. In 2014, the Washington Post ranked it as one of the most challenging high schools in America,  Newsweek named it in the nation’s top 2 percent of all public high schools in 2010 and it earned the 2009 ACT College Readiness Award.

Read about some of Woodrow’s most incredible students in our May cover story, or catch up with new Wildcat principal Steve Ewing, also featured in the May Advocate.

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