EVERETT – Pioneer Charter School of Science I (PCSS I), based in Everett, was ranked among the state’s best high schools by U.S. News and World Report in its annual ‘Best High Schools’ ranking. The school ranked 15th in Massachusetts among 378 public high schools.
“A great high school educates all students from different social and economic backgrounds, exposing them to challenging coursework on the path to graduation,” U.S. News stated in its ranking. “The highest ranked public schools…are those whose students demonstrated outstanding outcomes above expectations in math, reading and science state assessments, earned qualifying scores in an array of college-level exams, and graduated in high proportions.”
PCSS I, located in Everett, was one of eight charter public schools that ranked among the Top 20 high schools in Massachusetts, including its sister school in Saugus – PCSS II.
“Our team of students, teachers and families work extremely hard all year round, and it’s gratifying to see their commitment recognized in this way,” said Sanela Jonuz, PCSS I’s Principal. “We are proud to be accomplishing our mission to prepare our students for higher education and career success.”
The rankings were based on six categories: College Readiness, College Curriculum Breadth, Graduation Rate, State Assessment Proficiency, State Assessment Performance (compared with what U.S. News predicted for a school with its demographic characteristics in its state) and Underserved Student Performance.
PCSS I received 97 out of a possible 100 points in the rankings.
PCSS I’s graduation rate also played a large role in its state ranking – the school graduated 94% of its class. Graduates have gone on to some of the most prestigious colleges in the country, including Columbia, MIT, Dartmouth, Brown, Cornell, Williams, and Northwestern.
PCSS I is a rigorous college preparatory charter school based with a mission to prepare educationally under-resourced students for today’s competitive world.
The PCSS community speaks 30 languages and has family ties to 40 countries. At PCSS I, 64% of the students are minority, 75% are high needs, 60% are low income, 21% are English Language Learners, and 8% are students with special needs.
About The Pioneer Charter School of Science
Pioneer Charter School of Science offers a rigorous academic curriculum emphasizing math, science, and analytical thinking skills balanced by a strong foundation in the humanities. The school offers extended days/hours and career-oriented college preparation. Students must pass five math and five science classes in order to graduate – more than state standards, and students must complete 40 hours of community service. The school has a 195-day school calendar, extended days, after school tutoring and “voluntary” Saturday classes for students who need extra help.