"We are proud to have five OKCPS schools among the nation's top high schools". Three Mississippi schools earned silver and 54 earned bronze. Harding Fine Arts Academy and Southeast High School received the Silver Badge Award, Oklahoma City Public Schools announced.
BASIS schools' presence at the top of the list past year sparked outraged from critics who said public high schools face challenges that charter schools don't. The high school also slotted in at 1,575 out of the near 30,000 schools included in the report nationwide. The school district was praised for its near 50 percent participation rate in advanced placement course work. Charter schools are public institutions, but they are exempt from some of the state or local regulations governing traditional public schools. "As we celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week, it is very fitting that we recognize the efforts of our great teachers who go above and beyond daily for our students".