3 local Schools make Washington Post’s ‘Most Challenging High Schools’ list

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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - Buckhorn, James Clemens and Bob Jones High Schools have landed on Washington Post's America's Most Challenging High Schools list.

It's the third year Buckhorn has received the distinction. Sarah Fanning, Buckhorn Instructional Director explains many hours go in to the application process.

"Well it was a laborious task for sure because they ask you to supply all your test data, your graduation rate; all the breakdown of the ethnicity of the school; free and reduced lunch percentages," she says.

So, what does getting deemed one of the nation's most challenging high schools actually mean?

"Well, what it means is that we have programs to have all of our students at Buckhorn college and/or career ready upon their graduation."

And Buckhorn offers those programs to every single student. Adding 3 AP courses last year, the school now offers 10 advanced placement options.

bhs"The culture that we've created in our county since we've been a part of the A+ College Ready Grant has really set the foundation for moving forward with our AP program," says Assistant Principal and AP Coordinator April McCutcheon. "Preparing students for college; that rigorous coursework really is what catapults them into that freshman year."

Check out the national 'Most Challenging High Schools' ranking broken down by region by clicking here.