Cypress, TX NEWS – Cy Creek, Cy Woods Ranked Among Most Challenging High Schools

Cypress, TX News (April 11, 2014) - Cypress Creek and Cypress Woods high schools ranked among the top 1,900 U.S. high schools in the country, according to the Washington Post annual Challenge Index.

The Challenge Index, assembled by post education columnist Jay Mathews, is determined by dividing the number of Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests taken by all students at a school in 2013 by the number of graduating seniors. Schools on the list have an index of at least 1.000, meaning they are in the top 9 percent of approximately 22,000 public high schools measured in the same way.

The Index includes a subsidized lunch percentage that determines the percentage of students receiving federally subsidized meals and an equity and excellence percentage that shows the portion of all graduating seniors that had at least one passing grade in one AP or IB test.

Cypress Creek and Cypress Woods were among 161 Texas schools featured on the Challenge Index.

Cypress Woods ranked at No. 938 with an index of 2.227, earning an equity and excellence percentage of 36.5 and a subsidized lunch percentage of 19.

“At Cy Woods, we encourage and insist that all students challenge themselves academically by engaging in the rigors of AP-level coursework,” said Cypress Woods Principal Gary Kinninger. “The staff provides the framework for all of their AP students to be successful in the classroom by first establishing a dynamic relationship in which all students can reach levels of success far beyond their expectations. Hats off to all staff and students at The Woods for the phenomenal recognition.”

Cypress Creek ranked at No. 1,409 with an index of 1.692, receiving an equity and excellence percentage of 24.7 and a subsidized lunch percentage of 40.

“Cypress Creek has worked hard for over three decades to maintain a rigorous and challenging curriculum, accessible to all students,” said Cypress Creek Principal Sandy Trujillo. “Our teachers, parents and community continue to partner effectively to provide the support and encouragement necessary for our students to excel. We are honored to be recognized, and proud of the accomplishments of our school family.”

Visit the Washington Post Education blog for a full list of Challenge Index rankings.