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Houston named one of best high schools in Minn.


HOUSTON, Minnesota (WXOW)—Houston High School is one of the best in Minnesota according to U.S. News and World Report.

Houston ranks 15 out of 772 high schools in the state.

The results are based on a number of factors including college readiness, reading and math proficiency, and student teacher ratio.

This is the third year Houston has been named one of the best high schools in the state.

School administrators give the credit to teachers like Nicholas Koubsky, helping students succeed in math class by taking a little extra time out of their own day.

"Sometimes 48 minutes isn't enough for a concept and they need to get that again," Koubsky said. "So we'll make a thing out of it. Come in early, 7 a.m., people bring donuts, juice make it more informal thing."

He's also helping students get ready for what life will be like when they're in college by putting the responsibility on them.

"Use me as a resource instead of me constantly holding hands and chasing people down because then they don't learn the lesson," he said.

Houston has a 13 to 1 student teacher ratio.

Todd Lundberg, Houston High School Principal said small class sizes mean teachers can build relationships with every student, increasing the likelihood of success.

The teachers say they're all in it together.

"Moving our students forward is very important to us," Erica Upton-Wurst, English teacher, said.  "We're constantly stressing real world relevance so whatever we can do in our classrooms to make students ready to leave these halls and venture on."

Kevin Beckman, Houston High School Senior said the Advanced Placement courses he's been taking at Houston High have helped prepare him for college.

"In the course material, and the way the class is run," Beckman said. "And it gives you an extra credit too for actual colleges."

College preparedness goes back further than A.P. courses.

"It goes back to curriculum all the way through," Lundberg said. "It can't just happen at junior and senior year. They have to come prepared early on."

Prepared to take the challenges teachers give them.

"We love to hear student went to college and were successful," Upton-Wurst said. "Go to speech class and already knew how to write a speech."

It's affirmation they're doing their job, seeing the success, not just the award.

Century Senior High, in Rochester, is ninth on the list and St. Charles Secondary is 24th.

To see full rankings click here.

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