Elkin ranked in top 10 by Niche survey

By Dr. Randy Bledsoe - For The Tribune

Elkin City Schools has been recognized as the 10th Best Public School System, out of 115 school systems in North Carolina, based on the most recent 2016 Niche survey. Elkin City Schools earned an overall Niche Grade of “B+.” Based on the category of “traditional public school systems in North Carolina,” Elkin City Schools ranks as the Fourth Best School System in North Carolina.

Elkin Middle School was identified as North Carolina’s 23rd highest ranked middle school. Elkin Middle School earned an overall Niche grade of “B.” EMS was listed as “Top Ranked” in the categories of “Best Teachers, Best Public Elementary Schools and Best Academics.”

Elkin High School was identified at 66th out of 460 North Carolina high schools in the Best Public High School rankings. EHS earned an Overall Niche Grade of “B+.” One student commented about Elkin High School teachers, “The teachers are very good. They have a strong work ethic and are willing to make sure all students understand and learn the materials.”

Elkin Elementary School was ranked 126th in the survey and earned an Overall Niche Grade of “B.” EES was listed as “Top Ranked” in the categories of “Best Teachers, Best Public Elementary Schools and Best Academics.”

The 2016 Niche Rankings (https://k12.niche.com/rankings/) use statistics as well as surveys and are based on several factors, including academics, health and safety, student culture and diversity, survey responses, teachers, resources and facilities, extracurricular activities and clubs/organizations, and sports and fitness. A high ranking indicates that the school is an exceptional academic institution with a diverse set of high-achieving students who rate their educational experience very highly.

Dr. Randy Bledsoe, superintendent of Elkin City Schools, stated, “Ranked as a top performing school district for the second consecutive year by the Niche Survey is an honor and reflection of the dedicated staff that continues to provide individualized instruction to our students each day. The educational staff has accepted the challenge to best prepare our students for future educational opportunities in college and careers through our STEAM infused program and a focus on project-based learning. The ranking also reflects the continued partnership and involvement of our parents, community, and area businesses.”

In the student survey at Elkin High School, one student noted in the category of educational outcomes, “I feel I am prepared for the college experience. I had a lot of options at Elkin HS to prepare me for the real world. They offered many online classes, ROTC, and distance learning classes.”

Dr. Randy Bledsoe is superintendent of the Elkin City Schools.

By Dr. Randy Bledsoe

For The Tribune

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