Newsweek Magazine Announces High School Built by Rep. Chris Welch as One of Best in Nation!

Proviso Math and Science Academy Rated One Of Best Choices for Low Income Students  

FOREST PARK - According to Newsweek Magazine,, the Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy (PMSA), is ranked among the top high schools in the United States.

PMSA was ranked 230th nationally overall based on its college readiness index score devised by Newsweek and research company Westat for the magazine's top high schools list.  It also ranked PMSA 10th among the 16 Illinois schools that made the overall top list.  In addition, the magazine's "Beating the Odds" rankings, which factor in a school's college readiness ranking and its level of poverty, PMSA ranked 65th in the country and third among Illinois high schools.

The scores for the schools on the list, which ranked the top 500 high schools, were computed with a formula weighing its enrollment rate, graduation rate, weighted Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate composite scores, weighted SAT and ACT composite scores, its holding power (change in student enrollment between freshmen and senior years), and its counselor-to-student-ratio, according to the magazine.

Dr. Bessie Karvelas, Principal at PMSA, said that it is an honor to receive the national recognition.  "We have just begun, " she said.  "I celebrate and acknowledge my teachers who made this happen, and the students who respected and embraced the changes that our leadership team brought to the school.  The recognition motivates us to work even harder to meet the social, emotional, and academic needs of all of our students to eventually achieve the number one ranking in the state of Illinois."

Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, Superintendent of District 209, said that she is proud of the recognition of PMSA.  "The faculty and students should be proud of their achievement," she said. "This achievement is reflective of the quality instruction there, and we congratulate PMSA on receiving this recognition."

PMSA has been no stranger to high rankings at the local, state and national levels.  In 2012 and 2013, the school ranked 14th among the top 20 public high schools in Cook County, according to rankings by Chicago Magazine, and 32nd among the top 50 public high schools in the Chicago area, according to the Chicago Tribune.

"This is a day for all of us to be proud," said Rep. Chris Welch.  "We fought long and hard to have this school in our community, and it is truly a catalyst for greatness"

During his tenure on the Proviso School Board from 2001-2013, Rep. Welch lead the charge for the creation of PMSA as a third high school in the district.  Criticized by many, Welch was not deterred.  As a result of Welch's work on the Proviso School Board, the Education Braintrust of the Congressional Black Caucus has invited Rep. Welch to Washington D.C. on September 25, 2014 to give a presentation on how to stop the Schools to Prison Pipeline.  As part of his presentation, Rep. Welch will highlight the success of PMSA among many other successes at the Proviso Schools during his tenure in the District.

Rep. Chris Welch serves all or most of the following west suburban communities:  Bellwood, Berkeley, Broadview, Forest Park, Hillside, LaGrange Park, Maywood, Melrose Park, Northlake, River Forest, Westchester, and Western Springs.


(Please note that most of this article is republished directly from other sources.)