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FWAFA is Proud to Receive a Gold Medal Ranking in U.S. News and World Report’s Annual Best High Schools and a Top Spot in Children at Risk’s Annual School Rankings

FORT WORTH, Texas – May 1, 2017 – Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts received high scores in two respected high school ranking lists:

U.S. News and World Report 2017 Rankings
U.S. News and World Report announced that Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts is a Gold Medal High School, ranking #51 top high school in Texas, #85 top charter school in the United States and #321 top high school overall across the nation.

The U.S. News rankings include data on more than 22,000 public schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Schools were awarded gold, silver or bronze medals based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college.

FWAFA’s complete ranking profile can be found here on the U.S. News and World Report Top High Schools website.

Children at Risk 2017 Rankings
During a press conference held today at Fort Worth Academy of Fine arts, FWAFA received an award from Children at Risk, ranking the school #5 in Tarrant County.

Children at Risk’s annual school rankings provide a framework in which to understand the performance of schools across Texas. These statewide rankings include public schools at all grade levels and use indicators measuring achievement, including graduation rates, students passing STAAR exams at commended levels, college-ready testing, and advanced coursework.

“We are obviously very happy with this year’s rankings from both these important organizations,” said FWAFA high school principal Craig Shreckengast. “FWAFA is an amazing school with outstanding faculty, staff, parents, and students – it’s very gratifying to see statistics that evidences the excellence we see here everyday.”

Through the use of creative instruction FWAFA daily meets the unique needs of talented students. 

“What makes these achievements so meaningful is that they recognize our academic outcomes,” said Clint Riley, President & CEO of Texas Center for Arts + Academics – the managing non-profit organization of FWAFA. “While we focus on artistic training and development, ultimately we are educating the whole student and ensuring that each one is equipped for success no matter the path they choose."


About Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts
Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts is a public charter school serving the greater Fort Worth area. As passionate about teaching as we are about the arts, FWAFA provides comprehensive programs in dancemusictheater and visual arts. Our students are involved in a minimum of two periods of fine arts coursework each day, enabling them to embrace creativity and hone their craft. Find out more at

About Texas Center for Arts + Academics
Texas Center for Arts + Academics is a North Texas-based educational organization dedicated to inspiring young people through an arts-based, academic world-view.

We believe in providing a variety of avenues through which to celebrate and nurture the unique gifts and creative talents of our community. Our two public charter schools - Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts and Texas School of the Arts - and two specialized conservatories, Texas Boys Choir and Texas Dance Conservatory, deliver high quality arts training in a unique and proven way.

In fact, our approach is perhaps best reflected in our name. The combination of arts and academics reflects our larger role in the community - to help ensure a self-sustaining arts culture.

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