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Newsweek names DV among top high schools

High number of graduates in college

By TOM KANE

WESTFALL, PA — Newsweek has named Delaware Valley High School (DV) among America’s top public schools. The announcement was made by Dr. Candis Finan, Superintendent of the Delaware Valley School District.

Newsweek’s 2010 list represents the top six percent of all public schools nationwide. The list is prepared by Jay Matthews of The Washington Post and is published by Newsweek annually.

The criteria used for inclusion in this list is that the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Cambridge tests taken by all students at the school in 2009, when divided by the number of graduating seniors, results in a score of at least 1.0, according to a Newsweek representative.

Delaware Valley has maintained a very high rate of graduates attending college. Some years as high as 90 percent of DV graduates are attending post-secondary educational institutions, according to Jay Tucker, chairperson of the school’s counseling department.

Dr. Thomas Finan, director of secondary education, reported that since 1985 Delaware Valley High School has implemented Advanced Placement courses to assist students in applying to highly competitive universities. As a result of the implementation of 22 Advanced Placement courses throughout 25 years, many students have been able to complete college early, thus saving tuition dollars.