For a fifth consecutive year, Chaminade Julienne was named one of "America's Most Challenging Schools" by the Washington Post. The listing, released earlier this month, ranked schools based upon the number of AP tests given divided by the number of graduates. This year, CJ's rank rose by two to 34 in the state of Ohio as well as put it in the top 6% of schools nationally.
The numbers are something Principal John Marshall '86 said only tells part of the school's story.
"Even though we increased the number of AP tests taken this year from 252 to 279, we also had an increase in our graduating senior class from 138 to 163 which changes the final index score," Marshall explained. “I am always happy when we are increasing our number of graduating seniors, which speaks to our retention, and an increasing number of tests being taken."
"Another piece we should look at is the percentage of students who scored a 3 or above on the AP tests," Marshall continued. "That number remained the same over the past year. We increased the pool of students challenging themselves with AP courses and we increased the number of tests by almost 10%, and the percent receiving a score of 3 or above on their test stayed the same. This indicates that our students are being challenged and being taught the skills they need to be successful."
Brett Chmiel '02, Director of Admissions, agreed about the importance of challenging students.
"What we are most proud of is not the number of tests we offer — it is the ability in which we, as one of the most diverse schools in the country (according to Niche) can take students from all socioeconomic levels, cultures and academic backgrounds, and make them just as successful, if not more successful, than students who come from more homogeneous school districts," said Chmiel.
CJ offered 10 AP courses this school year to sophomore, junior and senior students. Thirty percent of the entire school population challenged themselves by taking AP courses, Marshall said.
"We know what we do and accomplish at our core," shared Marshall. "We follow in the footsteps of Blessed Chaminade and St. Julie and it’s a fairly simple mission in forming young adults through Catholic education. Excellence inspires excellence, and that’s been synonymous with our name for generations.
Chmiel added, "Proven data, like what is used in these types of rankings, helps us improve our curriculum with the ultimate goal of empowering students with the tools they need to be life-long learners and contributing members of society..
CJ In The News
Read the Dayton Business Journal's article about the "Most Challenging Schools" in the Dayton-area here.
Posted May 25, 2016