For the third time in four years, Sabinal High School has been named a "Best High School in America" by U. S. News and World Report. Each year, U.S. News & World Report identifies the country's top performing public high schools. The goal is to provide a clear, unbiased picture of how well public schools serve all of their students in preparing them to demonstrate proficiency in reading and math as well as readiness for college-level work.
"We are pleased that we continue to have an independently recognized National publication honoring the dedication of our teachers and the hard work of our students at Sabinal High School" said Richard Grill, Superintendent of Schools. Sabinal High School is ranked in the top 7% of the 1785 high schools in Texas.
To be considered among the best high schools, Sabinal High School had to pass a rigorous four-step
process that sought to determine whether the school was serving all of its students and not just those who are college bound.
The first step determines whether students attain high performance levels that exceed statistical expectations given at the school's relative level of student poverty, as measured by the state accountability system for all the school's students in the core subjects of reading and math. Using the U.S. News computations, Sabinal High School exceeds state averages in reading and math test scores. In fact, Texas Education Agency (TEA) recognized Sabinal High School this fall with four "Distinction Designations" in Academic Achievement in ELA/Reading; Academic Achievement in Math; Academic Achievement in Social Studies; and in Post-Secondary Readiness. To receive a Distinction Designation from TEA, the campus must academically perform in the top 25% of all campuses of its comparable group.
Next, U.S. News considers achievements of certain proficiency rates based on outcomes of state tests for its historical student populations such as, Hispanic and low-income students. The campus must meet or exceed the state test score averages with each of these student populations.
For the final two steps, U.S. News examines the graduation rates and college readiness performance levels. The high school must have a graduation rate of 75% or greater. The graduation rate for Sabinal High School according the TEA's latest report is 100%. Finally, U.S. News calculates the college readiness index, which as the number of 12th grade students who took and passed at least one AP test, divided by the number of 12th graders at that school.
"A vision without a plan is merely a dream" Grill states as the genesis to long-term success of any organization. "No one thing contributes to the sustainability of success within the district, rather a culmination of a number of purposeful actions leads us to long-term success" Grill added. Grill explained that the district through the years has invested heavily in Professional Development to improve the teachers' pedagogical skills, implemented an aligned curriculum, uses data-driven instructional decision making, implementation of a 21st Century Classroom model using integrated instructional technology, as well as modernization of 100% of all instructional facilities. According to Superintendent Grill, these are just a few great examples of why the high school has sustained multi-year recognition from U.S. News.
"A small district with BIG ambitions" best describes the district, according to Grill, as the district has witnessed unprecedented success both in the classroom as well as in extra-curricular programs. Dual credit enrollments at Sabinal have quadrupled in the last three years; with 28% of the current seniors earning 12 or more dual credit hours. This commitment to academic achievement is also evident in the fact that 7 seniors have earned distinction for outstanding SAT scores. New for 2018-2019, Sabinal ISD will begin offering a full-day pre-kindergarten program for resident students.
"Sabinal ISD has become a 'destination district' as 12% of the enrollment is students from surrounding communities. The marching band has achieved numerous awards at competition this year, including a competition at the state marching contest. The Agriculture program has won more sweepstakes awards for its over-all success than ever before. Additionally the Ag program offers a "career-ready" meats processing lab, one of a few labs available across the state. The fierce competition in the numerous athletic programs witnessed playoff bound teams in Football, Volleyball, Cross Country, Girls Basketball, Tennis, Track, Baseball and Softball" according to Grill. Finally, Grill points out that the high school implemented a new Certified Nurse's Assistant program this school year to foster interest in the bio-medical fields.