Carroll County High School has been honored as one of the top schools in the state of Virginia.
The October 2014 issue of Virginia Living magazine lists CCHS as one of nearly 150 of the most innovative education programs in the Commonwealth. The feature, which appears in a bound-in supplement to the magazine, was scheduled to hit newsstands Sept. 5.
Featuring in-depth and positive coverage of news and trends in secondary and higher education, Virginia Living State of Education includes Top High Schools & Colleges 2014, a list of nearly 150 programs in public and private high schools and four-and-two-year colleges leading the way in innovation across the state.
CCHS Principal Chuck Thompson said he was called by the magazine this summer about the high school’s new STEM Lab for Agriculture, the first of its kind in the nation.
“They were asking about the STEM Lab and they heard we were also doing construction with the new additions and the new HVAC system,” Thompson said. “Anytime you get positive news from people in the community it is a benefit to our students and teachers who work hard here on a daily basis. We are excited to see the article and see if we can’t get more positive news in the coming days and months on the STEM Lab.”
Thompson said it is an honor to see the school recognized, especially for the faculty, staff and students who made the new additions possible. He said the renovations to the high school that started last year were an extremely trying time, but everyone at the high school came together for a common goal. The end result was a fantastic product, he said, which reflects greatly on everyone involved.
“I think our school is great because we have a lot of faculty and staff that are very knowledgeable in their subject areas and really care about their students. And they found a way through the construction when you had noise and heat and everything else, they found a way to make it work. I am very appreciative of that,” Thompson said. “If you recall last year the temperatures in the classrooms were in the upper 80s and lower 90s. That was a struggle for people, but they didn’t complain. They went about their business and realized it was a problem we had to work through, and they made it work.”
Dr. Strader Blankenship, Carroll County’s Superintendent of Schools, said the school system is extremely proud of the honor.
“It’s a pretty cool thing. It is a very big honor and we very pleased that it has happened,” Blankenship said. “We do have an innovative staff at the high school and our central office. They keep us up to date and they teach lifetime skills that are actual and working. We are very excited about that.”
Virginia Living’s Top High Schools & Colleges 2014 recognizes schools for excellence and innovation in five categories: Arts & Humanities, Science, Math & Technology, Performing Arts, Health & Medicine and Capital Improvements. After thorough review of each school’s programs and accomplishments, Virginia Living’s editors selected schools that have instituted programs or recently begun capital improvements aimed at strengthening students’ experiences in and beyond the classroom. Virginia Living’s Top High Schools & Colleges 2014 is the resource for anyone curious about why Virginia’s schools are consistently ranked among the nation’s best. Virginia Living is available by subscription and at quality newsstands, including select Barnes & Noble, Kroger, Martin’s and Target stores.