Telesis recognized by national publication, expects to repeat honor for 2018-19

November 21, 2018

Telesis Preparatory Academy has been consistently recognized in national and Arizona rankings for high schools from U.S. News & World Report. The school does not apply to be considered for this award.

Schools are ranked based on their performance on state-required tests and how well they prepare students for college. Currently, Telesis has 99 students enrolled in grades 9-12.

The charter school received the Bronze Medal in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018, said Sandy Breece, Telesis superintendent.

She wasn’t surprised in the past by the designations and expects more recognition in the future.

“This is the 28th year Telesis has been serving students in Lake Havasu City as a non-profit, tuition free, fully accredited public school, K-12. Our philosophy of small class size and individualized instruction, along with Challenge without Frustration as our motto has not changed, so I have every reason to expect this recognition again,” she said.

Padmaja Chava, instructional analysis director and dean of students at Telesis, said the school does not receive notification of the rankings.

“Nobody tells us this information. We need to go online and check them out when the U.S. News releases the Best High School Rankings,” she said in an email.

Chava charts student progress and provided several reasons why she believes Telesis continues to be recognized by U.S. News.

“Underserved students performed better than the state average, student graduation rates met a threshold and Telesis students were prepared for college-level coursework,” she said.

Charter schools in Arizona topped the national rankings for the second year in a row. BASIS Scottsdale and four other BASIS locations in Arizona were in the in the top five high schools nationally.

For more information on the U.S. News rankings at the national and state levels, visit www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/national-rankings. U.S. News & World Report is a weekly magazine founded in 1933. It transitioned to web-based publishing in 2010.

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