Roncalli Junior and High School in Aberdeen is getting recognized nationally. Academic excellence by 7th and 8th graders at Roncalli helped their Junior High to be ranked 22 in the nation. Thebestschools.org is the website that ranked the middle schools. The website is a leading resource for in depth rankings on all schools.
Technically Roncalli does not have a Middle School, the school houses grades 7 through 12, but the junior high is getting recognized.
State testing scores are a big reason Roncalli finds itself in the top 50. The school offers advanced courses that students say help them score so well.
Roncalli is a private Catholic school. On average each class has about 40 students.Teachers say the school is happy to get recognized, but they say it's really not shocking.
"I'm really not surprised. We set high academic standards here. We have very qualified teachers. We have good parent support, so you mix all that together, it's really not surprise that we'd rank that high," Roncalli junior high teacher Richard Dix said.