03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

KIPP Houston High School: U.S. News And World Report's Gold Medal List As 16th In The Nation

Last week, U.S. News and World Report announced the 100 Gold Medal high schools in the United States. KIPP Houston High School, a college-preparatory school in the heart of Houston, Texas, ranked 16th on this list. This accomplishment is a significant testament to the staff and leadership of KHHS - especially since the school was founded just six years ago. Last month, I saw for myself the magic of KIPP Houston high school and why it's experienced the success it has: strong school leaders, innovative and enterprising teachers, and agile program staff that step up to the plate to meet the needs of their teachers and schools.

Thanks to a grant received from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, this November we challenged all KIPP high school teachers nationwide to submit requests for materials and resources that would move the needle in terms of preparing their students for college. KIPP Houston teachers immediately took action - 20 teachers at their school posted college readiness requests in just a few weeks. Together, these requests will net their school more than $12,000 in resources this year!

With these sorts of results, it's no surprise why a school like KIPP Houston made the top 100 high schools in the country. Congrats, KIPP Houston! We're glad to root you on and to continue to share your teachers' best project ideas with the citizens, corporations, and foundations who want to help them!