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*Newsweek Magazine “Best American High School” list for 2015

*The Daily Beast “America’s Top High School” list, 2014 and 2015.

*U.S. News & World Report “Best High School In America” list, 2014 and 2015.

*U.S.News & World Report “Silver Medal” Award for being one of America’s Top High Schools, 2014 and 2015. Smith was rated as one of the Top 100 High Schools in Texas in 2015.

*GreatSchools.Com 4-Star Rating, for 2014, 2015 and 2016.

*2016 Best Public High Schools in America listing from Niche with a A- Rating.  Niche is a website that helps parents/guardians discover the schools and neighborhoods that are best for them. Niche analyze public data sets and millions of reviews to produce comprehensive rankings, report cards and profiles for K-12 schools, colleges and neighborhoods in the U.S. Niche is headquartered  in Pittsburgh, PA.

*America’s Most Challenging High School list for 2016 by the Washington Post Newspaper. Newman Smith is listed among the best high schools in America with a 1,219 national ranking out of the top 2,300 secondary schools evaluated in a survey developed by Washington Post Education Writer Jay Mathews decades ago. This mark the 20th consecutive year Newman Smith has been listed among America’s Best High Schools. There are approximately 30,000 high schools in America.

*Newman Smith received an 84 percent Academic Performance Rating via the Education Resource Group (ERGAnalytic) in 2016. This indicates that the campus academically out-performed 84 percent of high schools in Texas. In 2015, the academic performance rating was 86 percent. In 2014, the Academic Performance Rating was 93 percent. In 2013, Newman Smith was the #2 academic school in Texas via the Education Resource Group.

*One National Merit Finalists and one National Merit Scholarship Winner for 2016. Seven National Merit Commended Scholars and one National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar for 2016.

Five National Merit Finalists, five National Merit Semifinalists, four National Merit Commended Scholars, and one Gates Millennium Scholars Winner for 2015.

Two National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars and one National Achievement Scholarship Program Scholar for 2015. Two National Merit Semifinalists and Finalists, a National Merit Scholarship Program Winner, eight National Merit Commended Scholars, two National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars for 2014.

*Jason Zhang, Silver Medalist, 2016 U.S. Physics Olympiad. Ranked No. 4 in the U.S. in Chemistry via the 2016 National Chemistry Olympiad.

*Heeyong Huh ranked thirteenth in the United States in chemistry via the 2016 National Chemistry Olympiad.

*Newman Smith Science Team placed third in the state at the 2016 UIL Science Competition at the University of Texas at Austin.

*Jason Zhang, Overall UIL Science State Champion (Biology, Chemistry and Physics), 2016 State UIL Competition at the University of Texas at Austin.

First Place Award in Physics, 2016 State UIL Science Competition. Second Place Award in Chemistry, 2016 State UIL Science Competition.

*In 2016 Smith had 44 AP Scholars (3 or higher on three or more exams); 6 AP Scholars with Honor (average score of 3.5 or higher on all exams and 3 or higher on four or more exams); 15 AP Scholars with Distinction ( average score of 3.5 or higher on all exams and 3 or higher on five or more exams); 5 AP National Scholars (average score of 4 on all exams and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more exams); 1 AP International Diploma (granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on five or more AP Exams in three or more subject areas for a total of 71 Advanced Placement Scholars. In 2015 Smith had 51 Advanced Placement Scholars;14 AP Scholars with Honor;  22 AP Scholars with Distinction and 7 AP National Scholars for a total of 94 Advanced Placement Scholars for 2015.

In 2014 Smith recorded 43 Advanced Placement Scholars, 18 AP Scholars with Honor, 27 AP Scholars with Distinction, and one AP National Scholar for a total of 88 Advanced Placement Scholars.

*NSHS senior Hiep Nguyen named Gates Millennium Scholars winner for 2015!

Hiep is the fourth NSHS student to win the prestigious award since 2009. Past winners have been Celeste Russell (2009), Rani Hadley (2010), and Lance Banks (2011).

*Students earned 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards in Chemistry and Math at the 2016 UIL Best of Texas Science/Mathematics Competition. Best of Texas Science/Math Competition for 2016-The Newman Smith Science Team Placed #1 in the Best of Texas Science/Math UIL Competition for 2016. The team placed #1 in Biology Overall. Jason Zhang (grade 11), placed 1st in Chemistry competition and 4th in Math Competition for 2016. In 2015, the Smith Science Team was #3 in Texas at UIL State Science Competition conducted via the The University of Texas at Austin. Jason Zhang placed #1 in physics and #2 overall in science competition (physics, biology and chemistry) at UIL State Science Competition. In 2015, the team won the UIL Regional  Science Team Championship.

*Newman Smith Student Council rated “Best In Texas” by the Texas Association of Student Councils in 2014, 2015 and 2016. The NSHS Student Council received the following honors from the TASC recently…Outstanding Student Council, DASH Award (Drugs, Alcohol, Safety & Health),  Energy & Environment, Pride & Patriotism, Community Service and Sweepstakes Awards. In 2016 the NSHS Student Council received the Sweepstakes Award via the Texas Association of Student Councils.

*Emma McClure, for the second consecutive year, was selected to the Texas All-State Choir for 2016. Four music students were selected to the Texas Music Educators Association All-State ensemble for 2015. Earnest Hernandez and Victor Parlette (Men’s Choir) Emma McClure (Women’s Choir) and Zachary Fink (Concert Band).

*In 2016, eleven students athletes earned Academic All-State Honors in football, cross country and volleyball from the Texas High School Coaches association and the Texas Girls Coaches Association.  In 2015, 58 student athletes were selected Academic All-State in Boys and Girls Athletics. An Academic All-State honor is based on a student’s grade point average and scholastic achievement during his/her senior year of high school.

*In 2015, NSHS top graduates earned over 190 dual credit hours from Brookhaven College.

Top 2014 graduates earned 240 dual credit hours from Brookhaven College.

*In 2015, 473 students took 907 AP Exams with 51 percent of test-takers earning passing grades of 3 to 5.

In 2014, 393 students took 756 AP Exams with 73.5 percent earning passing scores of 3, 4 or 5.

In 2013, 435 students took 729 AP exams with 57.7 percent earning passing grades of 3 to 5.

The Advanced Placement program at Newman Smith consists of 26 AP (college level) courses that are open to all students.

*Smith students wins 34 individual places at the 2016 North Texas Fete Francaise French Competition sponsored by the University of Texas at Dallas.Students earned two overall 1st Place Awards, three 3rd place awards and one 3rd place award in the prestigious French competition.

*Science student Heeyong Huh wins “Gold Medal” in the Environmental Category at the 2014 International Sustainable World Energy, Engineering, Environment Project Olympiad in Houston, Texas, 2014.

*Gregory Winters and Nelson Acosta, Texas Music Educators Association 2014 All-State 4A Symphonic Band.

*Heeyong Huh, 1st Place Award  for Division 5, 2016 Texas State Japanese Speech Contest held at Rice University. Heeyong Huh, qualifier for 2016 National Japanese Speech Competition scheduled for Los Angeles, California scheduled for May 2016. Also, Heeyong was awarded the 1st Place Award  at the 2016 Dallas Japanese Speech Contest. In 2015, Heeyong won the Texas State Japanese Speech Contest.

*Jason Zhang, top performer, American Mathematics Competition, 2014.

*Class of 2015 received $7.8 million in scholarships with 57 percent of students enrolling in a 4-year college/university and 34 percent enrolling in a 2-year college. Class of 2014 received $6.5 million is scholarships for post-secondary study. Approximately 34 percent of students enrolled in a 2-year college and  57 percent enrolled in a four year college.

*Qualified 46 students for State DECA Competition for 2016 in San Antonio, Texas. Avory Rosenquist, Ben Peillard and Catherine Hickox advanced to International competition in 2016. In 2015, Smith qualified 46 students for State DECA Competition in Dallas. Qualified two students for National/International DECA Competition for 2015.

Qualified 47 students for State DECA Competition, 11 students for National/International DECA Compeititon in 2014. In 2014, eleven students earned State DECA Championships.

*Science/Engineering Pathway student Jeffrey Hong, Grand Prize Winner, Samsung Mobile App Academy Award, 2014.

*The Dallas Museum of Art, O’Donnell Foundation and AP Strategies selected artwork from students Freddy Diaz, Sophia Glasser-Kerr, Phuong Nguyen and Nicole Schifferdecker for display in its 20th annual Young Masters Exhibition in 2015.

*Three Texas Music Educators Association All-State performers in Choral Music. One Texas Music Educators Association All-State selection in Band.

*Janvier Hebert (wrestling), Christian Young (diving), Alexis Nezianya (girls basketball), Jeffrey Moore (track & field), Chelsea Francis (track & field), All-State Team for 2014.

*Heeyong Huh, Grand Prize Winner For Life Science, 2014 Beal Bank Dallas Regional Science Fair and qualifier for the Intel International Science/Engineering Fair (ISEF).

* The 2015 SAT Mean Score of 1508 is above state and national average (502 Creative Reading, 515 Mathematics, 491 Writing).

2014 SAT Mean Score of 1531 (507 for Critical Reading, 520 for Math and 504 for Writing) is above state and national average.

The 2015 ACT Composite Score of  22.1 is above state and national average.

2014, ACT Composite Score of 21.9 is above state and national average.

According to 2015 ACT data 69 percent of  Newman Smith test takers were “College Ready” in English/Language Arts, 57 percent were “College Ready” in College Mathematics,  and 50 percent were “College Ready” in Science.

*ACT “College Readiness Awards for 2011 and 2012.

*July 15, 2011, Texas Senate Proclamation No. 46 recognizing Newman Smith High School for having one of the best Advanced Placement programs in America.

*The Newman Smith Language Arts Program is one of the best at the secondary level. Course offerings include Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese, French, German, and Spanish.

*According to the Texas Education Agency Accountability Summary for 2015, Smith received a perfect 7 out of 7 academic Distinction Designations in Academic Achievement in Reading/English Language Arts, Academic Achievement in Mathematics, Academic Achievement in Science, Academic Achievement in Social Studies, Top 25 Percent Student Progress, Top 25 Percent Closing Performance Gaps, and Postsecondary Readiness. Smith earned a perfect 6 out of 6 TEA Distinction Designations in 2014.

*According to Texas Education Agency Postsecondary Readiness Data for 2015, Smith’s 4-year graduation rate for all students is 97.3%, 95.4% for African Americans, 97.8% for Hispanic, 97.1% for White, 100% for Asian, and 100% for two or more races. The 5-year Extended Graduation Rate is 99.0% for all students, 98.9% for African American, 98.5% for Hispanic, 100.9% for White, 100.0% for Asian, 100.0% for two or more races.

The annual dropout rate for all students is  0.5%, 1.0% for African American, 0.4% for Hispanic, 0.2% for White, 0.0% for Asian and 0.0% for two or more races.

Career and College readiness for 2015…87.7% for all students, 84.1% for African American, 83.7% for Hispanic, 95.1% for White, 92.5% for Asian, and 80% for two or more races

*Freshmen to Sophomore “Persistence” (the percentage of Newman Smith graduates enrolled in college the first year after high school that return for a second year of college) in 2014 was 87 percent according to the National Student Clearinghouse (National High School Clearinghouse). The Percent of students enrolled in college at any time during the first two years after high school is 79 percent according to the National Student Clearinghouse.

*The Newman Smith High School’s Orchestra Program, for the 30th consecutive year, won “Sweepstakes”  in sub-non varsity, varsity string and varsity full orchestra at UIL competition in 2016. Sweepstakes is the highest honor for orchestras at UIL competition averaging a superior rating in both concert and sight-reading portions of the competition. NSHS’s most recent “sweepstakes” honors came via the February 2015 UIL competition. At the 2015 UIL Solo and Ensemble Contest 24 students earned “Superior” ratings.

*At the Visual Arts Scholastic Event (UIL for ART) Smith’s art students won fourteen medals in Levels 1 to Advanced Placement competition. In 2015, two students advanced to state level competition at the Visual Arts Scholastic Event under the category of AP Studio Art, Division IV.

The Newman Smith Choir Program earned Superior Ratings at the 2015 UIL Concert and Sight-reading Competition. At UIL all five performing choirs received Superior and Perfect Ratings in Sight-reading. The Varsity Mixed, Varsity Women, Varsity Men, and Non-Varsity Men received Superior Ratings in Concert earning the UIL Sweepstakes Trophy.

*Texas Education Agency 2015 Accountability Rating of Met Standard.

*Jason Zhang and Heeyong Huh, qualifiers, 2016 National Chemistry Olympiad Examination.

* Courtney Okolo, Class of 2012, 2016 Gold Medal Rio Olympics, 4X400 Meter Relay.

* Echo Wu, Class, of 2012, 2016 Student Academy Awards for animation film, The Wishgranter. Student Academy Awards are presented annually to top college film makers worldwide by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles.

*NSHS Teacher Angela Hardy recently completed the prestigious 2016 Teachers for Global Classroom Fellowship in the Kingdom of Morocco sponsored by the U.S. State Department. NSHS Teacher Amanda Ledwon named Fulbright-Hays Scholar for 2016. This scholarship will allow her to participate in an extensive five week study assignment during the Summer of 2016 in Jordan.  Newman Smith Debate Teacher Chris Agee selected to the Texas Forensic Association Hall of Fame in 2014-15 for his many years of producing some of the top secondary debaters in America!

*NSHS Theatre Department advanced to State Competition in Theatrical Design in 2015.

*Newman Smith is a former U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School and New American High School of Excellence. Past recipient of a Special Emphasis Award for Art Education from the National Endowment For The Arts. One alumnus has earned Rhodes Scholar honors. Since 2001 Newman Smith has been a popular destination for national and world leaders including former U.S. Tresury Secretary Donald Evans, former U.S. House Majority Leader Dick Armey, U.S. Representative Pete Sessions and the soon to be elected 44th President of The United States Senator Barack Obama who spoke to Newman Smith students on the night of the Texas Primary, March 3, 2008.

*The Newman Smith ONE-ACT PLAY Cast and Crew earned a 4th place finish at STATE UIL competition April 13, in Austin. Only the top eight 5A OAP schools in Texas earned a spot to compete at The Raymond Hartfield Performance Arts Center Round Rock ISD with Smith’s outstanding performance of These Shining Lives by Melanie Marnich coming up just short of the top three medal positions. Over 260 5A schools in Texas competed in OAP competition this spring with only the top eight advancing to UIL State. Individual state honors went to Cassidy Fox (Honorable Mention All-Star Cast) and Ariana Pleasure (All-Star Cast).

Other NSHS cast/crew members are: Joy Walden; Sarah Babick; Christina Hollie; Nicole Wedesky; Lauren Rangel; Ben Stegmair; Jesus Mitchell; Ashad Zuberi; R.J. Singleton; Eric Talamantes; Matthew Holden; Yanelly Vargas; Julien Tagnon; Elias Gomez; Anaiya Moran; Rory Manley; Karla Camacho; Edgar Palacios and Alec Eoff.

Directors of the Newman Smith Theatre Program are Tyler Brodess and Abby Kraemer.

This was Newman Smith’s 7th STATE UIL ONE-ACT PLAY appearance . Smith has won the STATE UIL ONE-ACT PLAY Championship twice in past years.

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