THE GILBERT SCHOOL NAMED TOP "BEATING THE ODDS" SCHOOL IN CONNECTICUT BY NEWSWEEK
Gilbert recognized as #125 out of 500 schools that are "beating the odds"
WINCHESTER – Thursday, September 1, 2016 – The Gilbert School, which for more than a century has been the high school home of Winchester's public school students in grades 7-12, received another impressive designation this week when Newsweek ranked it as the top Connecticut school on its annual "Beating the Odds" list. Overall The Gilbert School ranked as #125 out of 500 schools chosen nationally as the top public schools for lower-income students, and was the top of the three Connecticut schools which made the list.
This is the third major recognition The Gilbert School has received so far in 2016 – this past spring it was awarded Silver Medal Status by U.S. News and World Report's annual list, and earlier in the year Principal Alan Strauss was named Connecticut's 2016 Principal of the Year by the Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS).
"Once more we are honored to have our students' success nationally recognized—this recognition speaks to the strength and resilience of our wonderful administration, staff, students and families," Anthony Serio, School Superintendent and Head of School for The Gilbert School, said today. "Working together we have established The Gilbert School as a center of academic excellence that parents, students and teachers alike are proud to call home. I would like to thank Newsweek for this recognition and look forward to more great things ahead for Gilbert."
Newsweek noted The Gilbert School's 96.4% graduation rate and 97.3% college-bound rate among The Gilbert School students, both of which have risen dramatically in the past few years. This "Beating the Odds" list is an annual list which "seeks to identify schools that do an excellent job of preparing their students for college while also overcoming the obstacles posed by students at an economic disadvantage," according to Newsweek's website.
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