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June 6, 2012 / olneypost

Central High School Listed as One of Pennsylvania’s Most Challenging High Schools

Recently The Washington Post ranked all public and private high schools in the United States based on how academically challenging the schools are, Central High School (1700 W. Olney Ave.) was listed fifth out of 40 schools in Pennsylvania.

Washington Post reporters divided the number of students taking international baccalaureate, advanced placement or other college-level tests at a school by the amount of graduating seniors. The rankings aren’t indicators of quality, the Washington Post wrote, but the level of college preparedness the school provides based on the amount of college-level testing.

Newsworks spoke to Central’s principal Dr. Sheldon Pavel, who has announced he will be retiring in July, about his school’s ranking.

“Being fifth is a good thing, but it does not tell the whole story of what we do,” said Pavel. “The ‘blue ribbon status’ is more indicative of the accomplishments of the school than rankings on one criterion.”

Masterman was another Philadelphia high school listed as one of the most challenging  in Pennsylvania. The Washington Post report listed Masterman (1699 Spring Garden St.) as the second most challenging school in Pennsylvania.

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