Belton New Tech High School @Waskow has been awarded a silver medal, as one of the best high schools in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings. Fewer than one-third of schools nationwide are recognized, and less than 11% are awarded silver medals.
“Being ranked among the best public high schools in the nation is not only a testament to Belton New Tech students’ hard work, but reflects the culture of excellence in Belton ISD and the dedication of our teachers’ and staff,” said Belton New Tech Principal Ben Smith.
Belton New Tech, which was awarded a bronze medal ranking in 2017, is again the only public high school in the area to be recognized by U.S. News in 2018.
Rankings throughout the country are based on a set of criteria that examine over 20,000 high schools in all 50 states. The ranking criteria collects data on student outcomes in state mandated assessments, AP and IB exam scores, and graduation rates, to determine their yearly public high school ranking list. Participation in Advanced Placement coursework and exams at Belton New Tech is 45% according to U.S. News.
Belton New Tech High School @Waskow takes an innovative approach to how students learn and demonstrate their knowledge. Through Project-Based Learning, Belton New Tech graduates take with them academic, social, collaborative, and technological skills they can apply to whatever comes next in each of their lives.