Owen J. Roberts High School ranked silver in the U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools in the country. According to their website, U.S. News & World Report included data on more than 20,500 public high schools to make determinations of rankings. U.S. News ranks high schools both nationally and by state to show how well schools are preparing students for college and careers. Pennsylvania reportedly has about 952 public and 549 private high schools. U.S. News ranked Owen J. Roberts High School 64th in the state.
U.S. News awards gold, silver and bronze medals to more than 5,900 schools based on a methodology that incorporates performance on state proficiency tests, graduation rates and participation in and performance on challenging college-level coursework using Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate examinations.
Owen J. Roberts High has approximately 1,647 students and 126 teaching staff members. District-wide, 98% of teachers have advanced degrees. Owen J. Roberts High School remains committed to helping more students learn at a higher level and earn higher AP scores. As of 2017-18, Owen J. Roberts High School offered 27 AP courses. The high school has been included on the AP Annual Honor Roll, five out of eight years. Interim High School Principal Dr. Sean Earley stated, “We are very fortunate to have excellent students and teachers who are all supported by caring stakeholders.”
After a rigorous process, the high school was officially certified for International Baccalaureate Career Program (IBCP) in July, 2017, and accepted its first IB students to the program that fall. There are only 20 IBCP high schools in Pennsylvania. The IBCP is a two-year certificate program which combines courses from the International Baccalaureate’s highly regarded Diploma Programme (DP) of coursework in connection with Owen J. Roberts High School’s STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math).
Dr. Susan Lloyd, Owen J. Roberts School District Superintendent, shared, “Congratulations goes out to the teachers, students, and their parents. I can’t address what other schools are doing, but the entire staff at Owen J. Roberts is committed to working hard to make sure our students succeed.”