The top 5,000 schools were curated from STEM.org Educational Research™ (SER) using a proprietary scoring logic that took into consideration a broad set of quantitative and qualitative data inputs collected from Q2 2015–Q3 2019. The purpose was to determine which primary/secondary institutions in America best offer students experiences in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)—as defined by the Congressional Research Service—while preparing them for post‐secondary outcomes. Additional factors, including affluence and median household income, were taken into consideration in compiling the rankings.
“Children don’t realize it, but they’re natural STEM students,” says Nancy Cooper, Newsweek Global Editor in Chief. “We need to make sure that innate drive, curiosity, and creativity aren’t lost along the way. These high schools are helping to ensure America’s future in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics is in good hands.”
"This recognition validates the hard work all of our teachers put into developing good lessons and building relationships with our students," said Magnolia High School Principal, Greg Quinn. "We have a large group of students that are focused on STEM majors that go on to attend universities and our programs provide them the confidence and courage to pursue those challenging routes. I am also excited about additional engineering pathways we are putting in place for our students and the opportunities that will provide."
Newsweek’s November 15 special double issue is available on newsstands now and includes the top 500 STEM high schools. The full list of 5,000 top STEM high schools will be available on Newsweek.com on November 8, National STEM Day. Use #NewsweekSTEM on social media to recognize this honor.
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