Kyle Rains – Guest Contributor
Feb 7 2017
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Woodrow seniors at an SMU outing. has raised its rating of Dallas Woodrow Wilson High School to a "7". 

The school, which was redesigned into four college prep academies a few years ago, has raised expectations by offering extensive Advanced Placement courses, implementing STEM curriculum from Project Lead The Way and earning accreditation as an International Baccalaureate World School.     

WWHS has also revamped its faculty with teachers recruited to teach at a college level.  Most are IB trained. 

Woodrow's rating is the same as Richardson High School (RISD), The Colony and Hebron high schools (LISD), Poteet High School (MISD) and fellow IB school Creekview (C-FBISD). Those schools have a lower percentage of economically disadvantaged students. 

The WWHS (DISD) rating is just under Plano Senior High School (PISD), J. J. Pearce (RISD), and fellow IB schools Trinity (HEBISD) and Plano East (PISD). They received an "8". 

Earning a "6" were MacArthur (Irving ISD), Mesquite (MISD) and GISD schools Rowlett and Lakeview Centennial along with Ranchview (C-FBISD), an IB school. 

Neighboring Lake Highlands High School (RISD) was rated "5" as was Garland High (GISD), which also offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. 

DISD rivals Hillcrest and Bryan Adams were given a "4". 

Woodrow was one of a handful of DFW high schools to earn all seven stars in TEA (Texas Education Agency) rating, which are based on school-wide testing. The Washington Post and US News and World Report have recently ranked the school in its national best schools lists. 

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