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Floyd High School has claimed two top spots on “Newsweek’s” lists of top high schools in the nation.

Floyd ranked 98th in the “Beating the Odds: America’s Top High Schools for Low-Income Students” list and made the top 500 in the magazine’s “America’s Top High Schools 2014” list.

“We’re proud to be on the lists,” said Floyd Municipal Schools Superintendent Paul Benoit.Benoit credited the students, teachers and guidance counselor with earning the high school’s spots on both lists.

“Our strength is that we’re a small school that can respond to students’ needs at a high level,” Benoit said. “We have a big focus on college and career readiness.”

“Newsweek” based its “Beating the Odds” rankings on a school’s percentages of college-ready students, college-bound students, graduation rate, and students taking advantage of free or reduced lunches. Floyd was one of two New Mexico schools ranked on the “Beating the Odds” list.

Sandia Park’s East Mountain High School ranked 480th on the low-income school list.

Floyd High School ranked 477th out of more than 26,400 secondary schools across the nation in Newsweek's “America’s Top High Schools 2014” list.

The ranking puts Floyd in the top 2 percent of high schools in the nation based on the percentages of students ready for college, college-bound students, and student graduation rate.

Benoit said Floyd High School’s success is rooted in the quality of instruction at every grade level in the Floyd Municipal Schools district.

“We strive to know each student and parent on a personal level,” Benoit said.

He said staff members work with the parents and their children to make the best decisions for the students’ futures.

“We’re going to continue doing what we do,” Benoit said. “This (being on the lists) just puts my nose harder to the grindstone.”

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