Dr. Swift's Blog
2016-17 End of Year MessagePosted by Jeanice Swift at 6/16/2017
Hello AAPS Students, Staff, Parents & Community,
As many of our students and staff prepare to end the school year today, I want to offer my personal thanks and congratulations on an excellent 2016-17 school year. Thank you for the strong partnership you have invested this year in our students and schools.
We deeply appreciate the efforts of our teachers and staff who have served our students and their families faithfully through this year of challenge and achievement. We offer our hearty congratulations to the more than 1,200 members of the AAPS Class of 2017, and share our very best wishes for their next steps following graduation. If you would like to see reflections from any of our six recent graduation ceremonies, please enjoy them at the AAPS District News.
In marking this conclusion of the traditional school year today and to share our gratitude with each of you, we created a video message of our graduates as they share their reflections and thanks to our amazing AAPS teachers and staff. I hope that you will take a moment to enjoy their beautiful message.
In addition, we also share a timely and important video message that was originally authored by Pioneer student Elijah Mills and is shared by students and Counselors from all our high schools, with support from AAPS Communications and our community partners at the Neutral Zone. These folks joined together to share the powerful message, You Are Not Alone. I hope that you will take a moment both to watch and to share this critically important video of support, hope, and resources as widely as you can.
As we close this school year today, we are a grateful community who understands the importance of connection, community, and quality schools for our children. We know that our more than 17,000 AAPS students continue to grow and learn and are well cared for, thanks to all our partnership and support. Parents, we thank you for sharing your children with us.
We are #A2gether for our children in the Ann Arbor Public Schools, and we wish all a safe and enjoyable summer, 2017.
Superintendent of Schools
Ann Arbor Public Schools
Four AAPS High School Excel in U.S. News RankingsPosted by Jeanice Swift at 5/17/2017
Four Ann Arbor Public Schools High Schools won silver medals in the recently released U.S News and World Report 2017 Best High Schools rankings. This achievement continues a trend of Ann Arbor Public Schools high schools medaling in this rigorous national comparative assessment of high school programs.
The 2017 Best High Schools rankings awards the top 6,041 public high schools with gold, silver and bronze medals, indicating their level of college readiness. In the 2017 U.S. News Best High Schools rankings, Michigan has six schools with gold medals, 79 with silver medals and 160 with bronze medals. The U.S. News rankings include data on more than 22,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia.
AAPS Pioneer High School placed 8th in Michigan in the latest rankings. The school has been in the top 20 every year since U.S News and World Reports resumed publishing high school rankings in 2012.
AAPS Skyline High School ranked 15th in Michigan, AAPS Huron High School placed 29th, and AAPS Community High School ranked 64th in the state among the approximately 849 high schools in Michigan.
This year’s rankings, using the U.S. News comprehensive rankings methodology, is based on these key principles:
- that a great high school must serve all of its students well, not just those who are college bound, and that
- a top-performing high school must be able to produce measurable academic outcomes to show it is successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators.
“The U.S. News and World Reports designation of Community, Huron, Pioneer and Skyline as 2017 Best High Schools again confirms the top quality learning experience and rigorous programming characteristics of our quality Ann Arbor Public Schools. We are especially proud of our students, staff, parents and the Ann Arbor community as these awards reflect yet another measure of our exceptional Ann Arbor Public Schools education,” states Superintendent Swift.