MMSI Partner School Named to Newsweek’s America’s Best High Schools


Congratulations to MMSI partner school Salem Academy Charter School, recently named to Newsweek’s 2012 America’s Best High Schools list. Ranking 499, Salem Academy Charter School was among only 21 from Massachusetts on the list of 1,000 best high schools.

The annual list focuses on schools “proven to be the most effective in turning out college-ready grads.” The school’s rank and score is based on six indicators of college-preparation, including the number of AP exams given per student and the average AP exam score of students – two significant MMSI benchmarks. Since joining MMSI in 2010 the school has increased their math, science and English AP enrollments by 138% and increased their qualifying exam scores by 130%.

Among the Massachusetts schools listed, Salem Academy Charter School matched or outpaced over 70% of the MA schools in the number of exams taken and was one of only two MA schools listed with both a 100% graduation rate and a 100% college-bound rate. The rankings also indicated the percentage of low-income students, demonstrating Salem Academy Charter School’s successful efforts to begin closing the achievement gap.