Dobyns-Bennett High School Makes Newsweek America's Best STEM High Schools List

Published on November 8, 2019 at 9 a.m.
Kingsport, Tenn. – Dobyns-Bennett High School has been named by Newsweek magazine as one of the Top 5,000 STEM Schools named by The designation honors excellence in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
With its long history of reporting on scientific breakthroughs, technological revolutions, and societal challenges, Newsweek partnered with to rank America's Best STEM High Schools. The list includes schools in every region of the country that offers skilled teachers who remain knowledgeable of developments in these fields and who create dynamic learning environments to engage their students. 
"This recognition is a celebration of teacher investment, community support, and most importantly student effort and desire for success," said Dobyns-Bennett High School Principal Dr. Chris Hampton. "STEM education has always been important, but it is especially important when you live in a community where the elements of STEM education are so heavily embedded. Our local economy through business, industry, and tourism depends heavily on STEM skills and careers, and we are proud to support those endeavors. Regardless of their passions, we want students to have the experiences and skills to meet their goals and exceed their dreams, while contributing significantly to our community."  
The top 5,000 schools were curated from Education Research (SER) using a proprietary scoring logic that took into consideration a broad set of quantitative and qualitative data inputs collected from Q2 2015-Q3 2019. The purpose was to determine which primary/secondary institutions in America best offer students experiences in STEM, as defined by the Congressional Research Service; while preparing students for post-secondary outcomes. Additional factors, including affluence and median household income, were taken into consideration in compiling the rankings. 
"Children don't realize it, but they're natural STEM students," says Nancy Cooper, Newsweek Global Editor in Chief. "We need to make sure that innate drive, curiosity, and creativity aren't lost along the way. These high schools are helping to ensure American's future in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics is in good hands." 
The complete list of 5,000 Top STEM High Schools will be available on on November 8, 2019, National STEM Day. Use #NewsweekSTEM on social media to recognize this honor. 
Newsweek is a premier news magazine and website that has been bringing high-quality journalism to readers around the globe for over 85 years. Newsweek provides the latest news, in-depth analysis, and ideas about international issues, technology, business, culture, and politics. 

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