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What's good in education, Oct. 8, 2009

Vol. X, No. 8

Posted: October 8, 2009 12:25 p.m.
Updated: October 8, 2009 2:43 p.m.

Students listen to speeches at Youth Summit.

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Hart Among Top 1500 American High Schools
Newsweek magazine has named Hart High School one of America's top 1500 high schools, based on the school's Advanced Placement program.

Hart was ranked No. 948 out of approximately 40,000 high schools nationwide. Hart High had just under 2,200 students enrolled last year and administered 1,009 AP exams.

All of the schools on the magazine's list are in the top six percent of public schools, according to the formulas used to come up with the list. Hart has made the list several times in the past. Although it's not part of the Newsweek rating, Hart boasts a 75 percent pass rate for those students who do take their AP classes.

Summit to Stress Mutual Respect
On Oct. 21, 350 students from Hart District junior high schools and Castaic Middle School will come together at the city's Activities Center for a day of "bridge-building" activities intended to promote positive relations between students within and between campuses.

This year's Youth Summit, a collaboration between the city of Santa Clarita and the Hart School District, will feature a keynote address by Verne Johnson, an educator from Northern California.

Johnson has developed the "iWill" program, which challenges youth to take responsibility for creating a safe and caring environment for each other in their schools and within the larger community. The annual theme for Youth Summit is "Respecting Ourselves...Respecting Each Other," and participants will be empowered to take a leading role in shaping positive school and community culture.

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