Canby ranks among Minnesota's top 10% of high schools in major study
Congratulations to Canby High School - faculty, students and families.
That's one of my conclusions from a study recently completed by our
Center at the University of Minnesota. Canby High School ranks in the
top 10% of all Minnesota public high schools when it comes to preparing
students for public colleges and universities. In this key area, Canby
has a better record that any metro area high school - urban or suburban.
Here's what we found. A study by the University of Minnesota and the
Minnesota State University and College System looked at what percentage
of Minnesota public high school graduates entered a Minnesota public
college or university in the years 2000-2003. The research also looked
at what percentage of the graduates entering a Minnesota public college
or university took one or more remedial courses in reading, math or writing.
Statewide, 49% of Minnesota public high school students entered one of
Minnesota's public colleges or universities. And 36% of those students
took one or more remedial courses - that's thousands of students.
Canby's record was FAR better. First, 62.5% of your 2000-2003 graduates
entered a Minnesota public college or university. But of those
graduates, only 15% took a remedial course - less than half the
When a Center for School Change staff member visited Canby this year, we
heard widespread praise for the high expectations in the school, for the
encouraging, supportive faculty, and for many families and community
members who worked closely with the school and students. We'll be
writing more about this in Journal of Rural Affairs, which comes out in
Part of our report notes:
Students often find themselves in leadership positions,
which the staff feels builds character and reinforces many core
values. These leadership roles do come with
certain responsibilities, however, and the students are aware that
the staff and community have high expectations for them. "The kids
here have goals. They know we don't just want them to show up, we
want them to do something," says Gary Stoks, a business owner and
and parent of a former student.
As people think about Canby, what has and what is being accomplished, I
hope that you give yourselves credit for doing a marvelous job with many
Joe Nathan, Director
Center for School Change
University of Minnesota