University School has been named the 10th best high school in Tennessee by U.S. News & World Report.
“We are very pleased to have received that notification. We’re very proud of that accomplishment. Our staff and our kids work really hard. The faculty really challenges kids to step up and accept that challenge,” Director Doyle Brinson said.
The ranking was based on a review of 21,776 public high schools in the United States. Of those, 83 Tennessee schools made the cut.
University School had a national ranking of 1,091, and the school was one of 12 Tennessee schools to earn a silver medal.
With all of the challenges schools face in terms of meeting state standards and tackling budgetary concerns, Brinson said the recognition as one of Tennessee’s top schools shows just how hard University School works to provide a top-notch program.
“We certainly teach what is asked by the state to teach, but we also teach with an eye toward varying strategies and things like that, so the kids can access the curriculum and advance. We try to challenge them and they really step up to meet that challenge,” he said.
University School’s success can really be measured by how hard its parents, faculty and students work to support the school, Brinson said.
“We’re certainly not perfect, but we’re always trying to get better at what we do. There’s always room for improvement,” he said.
In addition to University School’s ranking, the region had a strong showing in the state’s top 20 schools, with Dobyns-Bennett High School at eighth in the state, Science Hill High School at 13th and Greeneville High School at 15th.
Brinson said that kind of regional turnout proves just how committed area school systems are to bettering education.
“I really think folks in Northeast Tennessee want their students to have the best, and I think this is just indicative of that. The principals and the teachers work very hard at it, and I think it’s just a commitment ... to providing the best they can for kids,” he said.