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High marks for CHS

Collierville High School has been rated among the most elite schools in Tennessee.
Last week, U.S. News ranked Collierville seventh in the state and 945th in the country.
Of the Tennessee schools in the U.S. News Best High Schools 2013 rankings, five were awarded gold medals, 18 earned silver medals and 66 received bronze medals. Collierville was among those awarded a gold medal.
With 31 percent of its students passing Advanced Placement classes, U.S. News indicated that Collierville High School, which has a 17-to-1 student/teacher ratio, was above the state average with regards to college readiness.
Of Collierville’s 1,884 students, 86 percent were deemed proficient in English and 76 percent proficient in Algebra.
The two top-ranked schools in Tennessee are located in the state capital of Nashville, in the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools district. Tennessee, which has flexibility from No Child Left Behind mandates, assesses high school students through tests in each level of English and algebra, and in geometry, biology, chemistry, physics and U.S. history.
To graduate, high schools students must earn 22 credits in various subjects, including two credits in a foreign language, according to the Tennessee Department of Education.
Houston High School was also ranked 11th in the state and 1,152nd in the nation. It received a silver medal.
Of Houston’s 1,681 students, 86 percent were proficient in English and 64 percent in Algebra.

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