APPLE VALLEY • The Academy for Academic Excellence was given a Silver Medal Ranking that placed them in the top 3 percent of schools in the nation, according to a recent U.S. News report on America’s Best High Schools.
The ranking was based on the results of the 2010 Base Academic Performance Index which was announced last month.
“This is very exciting for our school,” AAE spokesperson Cheryl Thompson said. “The staff and students work very hard and it’s wonderful that our efforts have been validated.”
Out of the 1,787 medals awarded nationally, 172 went to California and three to San Bernardino County schools.
Kelly Bergstrom, whose daughter Ashley, 16, attends AAE, said school founder Rick Piercy was one of the main reasons behind AAE’s high standards and success.
“Piercy has a unique way of prioritizing the kids and knowing what they need to succeed,” Bergstrom said. “The school has great curriculum and teachers, but they also pull in life experiences to get the kids excited about what they are learning.”