U.S. News and World Report, recognized the Advanced Technology Academy, as a leading high school in the nation.
U.S. News and School Evaluation Services, a K-12 data research and analysis firm analyzed 21,069 schools. Of that, 1,925 schools made the list, and ATA was awarded a bronze certificate.
There are three sets of criteria in which U.S. News and World Report makes its determination and ranking of schools: whether each school’s students perform better in reading and math then statistically expected for the average student in the state, whether the least-advantaged students (black, Hispanic and low income) were performing better than average for similar students in the state, and the third step is based on advanced placement courses and international baccalaureate test data as the benchmark for success.
Since ATA does not place a large emphasis on AP courses and baccalaureate tests it was not awarded a gold or silver certificate. However, in place of AP courses ATA offers its students free dual enrollment courses from Davenport University.
Some of the best practices that ATA utilizes which mirror the best schools in the nation are its free after school tutoring programs, and its emphasis on the science, technology, engineering and mathematics curriculum.