Westlake Academy is making news once again for its stellar academic prowess. Of the 65 graduates in the class of 2019, 63 sat for their International Baccalaureate (IB) exams. Of those 63, 57 will receive their IB diplomas. That’s a record-breaking mark for the school. The 90.5% pass rate is the highest in the Academy’s history. The world pass rate for an IB diploma is 77.4%.
In fact, Westlake Academy seniors scored higher than the world average in 12 categories; English A, Literature HL, Spanish HL, Spanish SL, French SL, American History HL, Business Management HL, Chemistry SL, Physics SL, Math SL, Math Studies SL, and Math HL. Needless to say, the 10th graduating class of WA accomplished big things in 2019.
“We could not be prouder of our students and their academic achievement on their IB exams. This is a true testament of the Academy’s philosophy of IB for all as well as a commitment of excellence from the Westlake Academy teachers”, says Westlake Academy Executive Director Dr. Mechelle Bryson.
“It was certainly not an easy feat. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of hours have gone into receiving the diploma. However, the teachers at Westlake Academy are truly like no others and equipped us with all the tools necessary to set us up for success”, says 2019 Westlake Academy graduate and Westlake resident, Connor Kraska, who will be attending Brown University this fall.
Now the goal for 2020 is for all Diploma Programme teachers to conduct a data dive into their individual components scores to determine specific action plans for improvement. This will serve as a roadmap for the upcoming academic year.
Also, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) announced their top schools in Texas, and Westlake Academy scored a 98 out of 100, earning an “A”. The grade shows how well a school prepared students for success, both in school and after high school in college, a career, or the military. This is the second year in a row the Academy has achieved an “A” from the TEA.
Plus, there’s even more good news. Niche just released their rankings for the best charter schools in Texas, and Westlake Academy ran away with the awards. They ranked the Academy as the number one charter middle school in the state. WA was also ranked as the number two charter high school in Texas while taking home the honor of being the third-ranked charter elementary school in the state.
The honors didn't end there. Niche ranked Westlake Academy as the 17th best charter elementary school in the entire country. They also ranked WA as the 21st best charter middle school in the US, and the 28th best charter high school in America.
The 2020 rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Ranking factors include state test scores, student-teacher ratio, student diversity, teacher quality, and charter school ratings.
“We are very pleased with the recognition of the hard work our students, staff, and parents put into the educational progress of our children. Westlake Academy is an amazing place for children to learn and grow as they prepare for the future”, says Westlake Academy Superintendent Amanda DeGan.