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FWAFA Named One of the Top High Schools in the Country

8.27.2014

Fort Worth, TX— Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts (FWAFA) has been ranked #84 in the nation among public high schools in a list just released by TheDailyBeast.com. It is the only Fort Worth school and one of only 13 Texas schools ranked in the Top 100.  FWAFA was also named among the top 5% of public schools nationally and awarded a Silver Medal in the U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools Ranking. Additionally, this month the Texas Education Agency (TEA) designated FWAFA as a Reward School for high performance.

“We are honored to be included among so many well-known and respected schools,” said Clint Riley, FWAFA’s Executive Director. “What makes our school stand out to me is that admission to FWAFA is based solely on artistic merit. Yet year after year, our students prove they are also very high achievers academically. Their consistently strong performance in the classroom speaks highly of our rigorous academic program, committed staff and motivated students. And it shows that students do thrive when arts are incorporated in schools.”

TheDailyBeast.com recognized FWAFA for having a 100% graduation rate and a 98% college-bound rate, with nearly 75% of students enrolled in AP courses, and average scores of 1591 and 22.8 respectively on the SAT and ACT. Graduation and college-bound rates were the most heavily weighted criteria analyzed when compiling TheDailyBeast.com rankings.

The U.S. News & World Report rankings, compiled from data from the 2011-2012 school year, include more than 19,400 public schools across the country. These rankings are based heavily on school performance on state assessments and how well schools prepare students for college. Aside from ranking in the top 5% of schools nationally, FWAFA is also recognized as #108 nationally among charter schools on that list.

The TEA designation of FWAFA as a Reward School for high performance was given to schools with high graduation rates that have earned academic distinctions in math and reading in the Texas accountability system. Only five schools in Fort Worth received this designation.

In 2001, Texas Boys Choir, Inc. expanded upon its mission by opening its first public charter school, Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts (FWAFA), to provide arts and academic education for boys and girls in grades 3 to 12. In addition to a rigorous classroom schedule, students receive training in dance, music, theater, and the visual arts. Admission to FWAFA is by audition and over 500 students are enrolled this year.

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