Newsweek Names Academy of Holy Angels Top STEM High School

AHA Building

Newsweek Names Academy of Holy Angels Top STEM High School

Newsweek Announces Top 5,000 Schools as Named by STEM.org

Academy of Holy Angels Earns No. 1,001 Spot

Newsweek announced its ranking of the top 5,000 STEM high schools for 2019, honoring excellence in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Academy of Holy Angels has earned the 1,001 on the list.

Of receiving this honor, Principal Heidi Foley says, "We at Academy of Holy Angels (AHA) are really happy about being included and highlighted in this list of schools that demonstrate strength, rigor, and commitment to STEM. Our math and science departments' comprehensive course offerings, coupled with the robotics, engineering, and math extra-curriculars make our program interesting and hands-on for students. The AHA STEM Diploma recognizes and rewards students' exemplary performance in these areas.  We're looking forward to the opening of our new STEM Center in the 2020-21 school year where we will be able to offer more advanced and sophisticated research and lab work." 

AHA has created a STEM Diploma which recognizes students who have dedicated themselves to mastery of this rigorous course of study and who can demonstrate and apply 21st century skills in critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration in both curricular and co-curricular areas. (You can read more about AHA's STEM curriculum here.)

Newsweek, with its long history of reporting on scientific breakthroughs, technological revolutions, and societal challenges, partnered with STEM.org to rank America’s Best STEM High Schools. The list includes schools in every region of the country that offer skilled teachers who keep up with developments in these fields and who create dynamic learning environments to engage their students.  

The top 5,000 schools were curated from STEM.org Educational 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 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)—as defined by the Congressional Research Service—while preparing them 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 America’s future in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics is in good hands.”  


About Academy of Holy Angels Academy of Holy Angels (AHA) is a Catholic, coeducational, college preparatory high school in Richfield, MN, educating students in grades nine through twelve. The mission of AHA is to educate and nurture a diverse student population so that each student, as a whole person, may achieve full potential to excel intellectually, to live spiritually, to lead responsibly, to act justly, and to serve selflessly. 

About Newsweek 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.

About STEM.org Educational Research™  STEM.org Educational Research™ is the longest continually operating, privately held STEM education research and credentialing organization in America, based in Southfield, Michigan.