This small urban, racially diverse high school (neighboring the St. Louis Public Schools), has achieved amazing results. Educators have developed rigorous curricula that rival the offerings of many suburban schools, established effective teaching practices that support the academic success of all students and all student groups, and nurtured a warm and pleasant climate that makes high school students want to come to school and learn. In a few short years, leaders at Maplewood Richmond Heights turned around student discipline, academic expectations, connections to parents and the community, and the level of collaboration among teachers.
In 2014, MRH was designated as a Met-Life National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) Breakthrough High School for sustained academic growth for all students. In 2015, in addition to earning NCUST’s Gold Award, US News and World Report recognized MRH as a Bronze Award winner in their America’s Best High School Program. More recently, in 2017, ACT recognized MRH as an exemplary high school because of their continued growth in ACT performance. In 2018, NASSP recognized MRH again as a Breakthrough High School because of sustained growth over time for all student groups. Additionally, in 2021, US News and World Report granted MRH their Gold Star High School Award, the 19th best high school in Missouri.
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