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Wyomissing named third most challenging school in the state

By Jennifer Joas, Reporter, JJoas@wfmz.com
Published On: Apr 08 2014 09:35:01 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 09 2014 06:20:00 PM CDT

High test scores and access to college level courses allowed Wyomissing Area Junior and Senior High School to rank third as the most challenging school in the state.

WYOMISSING, Pa. -

High test scores and access to college level courses allowed Wyomissing Area High School to rank as the third most challenging school in the state.

"We are just proud. We are so proud and so excited and we will celebrate this as much as we can," said Julia Vicente, Wyomissing's superintendent.

Each year, the Washington Post releases a list of the most challenging schools in the nation. Wyomissing beat out more than 600 other schools to achieve the honor.

Administrators said their secret is encouraging students to take the most rigorous courses and pursue a college education.

"We have very focused and very competitive students. They are very serious and they have very supportive parents," said Corey Jones, principal.

Juan Santillan, a former Wyomissing student, experienced the rigorous education firsthand.

"I went to Reading School District first and then the transition to Wyomissing was actually pretty hard, but it helped out in college though," Santillan said.

Parents and students we spoke with said it is no surprise that the school got such a great review. They have always been happy with the curriculum.

"We moved here two and half years ago and we are really happy with the district and the education that they are getting," said Wyomissing parent Nancy Tietbohl.

"I am not surprised. I worked there. There is fantastic teachers, great administration, a supportive school board, parents who are driven," said Shillington parent Mike Mitchell.

Wyomissing is a top-ranked public school for the third straight year. The principal said the school could not have done it without the teachers.