Croatan High School Nationally Recognized-Again!

Bill Hitchcock

cougar2Croatan High School gets silver
Jacksonville Daily News

For the second year in a row, Croatan High School was among public high schools recognized as one of the best in the country.

U.S. News & World Report in collaboration with School Evaluation Services, a K-12 education and data research and analysis business that provides parents with education data, analyzed academic and enrollment data from more than 21,786 public high schools from 48 states and the District of Columbia to find the very best. Top schools were placed into gold, silver, bronze or honorable mention categories.

Of the 440 schools reviewed in North Carolina, 314 were found eligible for full analysis. Of those, 44 received a bronze or better award — 11 received silver and 2 received gold awards, according to U.S. News state-by-state statistics.

Croatan High School was granted a silver award.

Mat Bottoms, the principal of Croatan High School, was honored to receive the attention from U.S. News & World Report.

“This is an outstanding honor for Croatan High School,” he said in a press release from the school. “We are all pleased to have Croatan High School acknowledged on the national level, and to have received this attention two years in a row is outstanding. I am very proud of this school and it is my privilege to serve as principal here.”

Bottoms said the award was the result of “students working hard and focusing on education … teachers and staff well prepared each day” and “parents and family that support their students and understand the importance of education.”

U.S. News & World Report has ranked high schools for three years “to provide a clear, unbiased picture of how well public schools serve all of their students — from highest achieving to the lowest achieving — in preparing them to demonstrate proficiency in basic skills as well as readiness for college-level work,” according to its Web site.

Jones Senior High School also received national recognition for the second year in a row with a bronze medal, according to the report.

There were no schools recognized in Onslow County this year.

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