Hollis F. Price Middle College High School, one of the most awarded public schools in the county, this week was named to Newsweek’s Top 10 high schools among those “Beating the Odds” to help low-income students succeed.
Nearly 90 percent of the students attending the school, located on the LeMoyne-Owen College campus, come from families living within the federal poverty guidelines.
Hollis F. Price ranked eighth on the Top Ten list.
“We’re elated to see Hollis F. Price recognized by Newsweek magazine as one of the top high schools in America. It is further evidence that given strong school leadership and effective teachers, students will be successful,” Kristin Tallent, SCS spokeswoman, said.
The recognition is part of Newsweek’s annual list of the 500 best high schools in the nation, based on student performance.
Since 2014, Newsweek has published two lists to address the complexities of assessing the “best” high schools when students’ socioeconomic backgrounds are taken into account.
Students at Hollis F. Price earn college credits at LeMoyne-Owen, one of the nation’s Historically Black Colleges. Students remaining in the program five years can earn their high school diploma, plus 60 college credits.
In 2012, Hollis F. Price was recognized as a state Department of Education “reward” school, a distinction earned by being among the top 5 percent of schools for both the amount of growth students made and their overall performance.
In 2014 and 2015, it earned Reward School status for performance, which means its students scored in the top 5 percent on state tests.