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Corinth High School Ranks in Top 1% Nationally

Corinth High School Ranks in Top 1% Nationally
Laine Williams

According to the latest Jay Matthews Challenge Index, Corinth High School (CHS) is ranked 69 nationally, placing the school in the top 1% of America’s 22,000 high schools. 

As the oldest high school ranking system in the country, the Challenge Index began in 1998 and is managed by Newsweek and The Washington Post. 

The index ranks high schools using the following ratio: the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Cambridge tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of graduating seniors.

CHS is the only school in Mississippi to rank in the top 300. The data used for the 2023 ranking is from the 2021-22 school year.

“This index is an important measure as it recognizes schools for having increased and higher numbers of students challenging these advanced course examinations. Corinth students and administrators are demonstrating the ability to offer and participate in a more rigorous curriculum. I am proud of the individual and school success recognized here,” said Lee Childress, superintendent of the Corinth School District. 

To be considered for the index, schools must participate in college-level AP, IB and Cambridge tests. According to the index, “teachers cannot dumb down the exams because they are written and graded by independent experts. Success on the exams has been linked with success in college. The list is designed to recognize schools that challenge average students.”

“With the recent agreements between universities, colleges and community colleges to accept a passing score on Cambridge exams for college credit, it opens up new and greater opportunities for students to earn college credit while enrolled in high school. This provides these students with a head start on earning a four-year degree,” added Childress. 

Corinth scored an 8.366 index calculated by the school’s percentage of seniors who passed AP, IB or Cambridge tests, as well as the percentage of students whose family incomes are low enough to qualify for free or reduced lunch.