Sometimes it seems as if all the news is bad. But today Sequatchie Countians have good news. It is something we can be proud of. A recently released ranking of public high schools put Sequatchie County High School in the top 25 percent in the nation.
U.S. News & World Report, which makes the “Best High Schools” evaluation in cooperation with RTI International, awarded a Bronze Medal to SCHS.
The rankings are made based on several criteria, including how the local school stacks up compared to other schools in Tennessee, graduation rate, and college preparedness.
Some of the factors they did not consider would have cast SCHS in even better light: Making progress in preparing students for a career through the new STEM center and state certifications, for example. And the fact that our school system operates with a budget surplus.
So congratulations are in order – to the Sequatchie County School Board, Director Pete Swafford, SCHS Principal Tommy Layne and his staff, and all the teachers – for making our high school one of the best. That is good news.