Louise Losos, a public school educator of more than 20 years, recently wrote an article published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on the subjects of bullying and cyberbullying. From 2005 to 2012, Louise Losos served as principal of Clayton High School in Clayton, Missouri.

According to a 2011 report made by the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in every five high school students has experienced some form of bullying. Further, i-SAFE America reports that 58 percent of children have encountered cyberbullying. However, verbal bullying remains the predominant challenge facing students, according to a recent survey. Of the more than 3 out of 4 cases of verbal bullying, 14 percent of those bullied experience some type of intense reaction as a result.

Fortunately, many schools in America have taken measures to deal with and prevent instances of bullying and cyberbullying. Still, parents and educators must remain vigilant in watching out for bullying in any form.

Louise Losos has spent more than two decades as a public educator, including time at Ladue High School as a teacher and five years as the assistant principal at Parkway West High School. With Louise Losos serving as the principal, Clayton High School was named by Newsweek as one of the top 100 schools in the nation and the top school in the state of Missouri.

In May, Newsweek released its annual list of the top high schools in America. The 2013 list included 2,000 high schools that have reputations for turning out college-ready students. The list is computed after a number of focus areas have been taken into account: the high school’s graduation rate, the percentage of students accepted into college, the number of students enrolled in AP/IB/AICE prep-classes, and the school’s average test scores. This year’s list was topped by the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky, while Florida is home to four of the nation’s top ten schools.

The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a means by which to compare the performance of students around the globe. It is administered in over 70 countries. During the 2009-2010 academic year, more than 200 Clayton High School sophomores participated in PISA testing. Of that group, the results of 176 students were eligible for consideration in the international comparison (students must be 15 years of age). Test results placed Clayton sophomores as first in the world in reading, and second in the world in math (only behind Singapore). PISA began in 2000 and is only administered every three years. Clayton High School was the only local district in Missouri to participate.

About the Author:

Dr. Louise Losos served as the principal of Clayton High School for seven years. She defined her tenure by cultivating academic excellence, and the school is now among the highest-ranked within the state of Missouri.

From the Desk of Dr. Louise Losos

Each year, as many as 1.5 million high school students across the United States are considered candidates for the National Merit Scholarship Program. Of those, approximately 8,000 are selected. Dr. Louise Losos is well acquainted with the program’s rigorous selection process–she was the principal at Clayton High School, which produced the most National Merit semi-finalists in the state of Missouri. Here, she outlines the steps:

Students must meet minimum requirements to enter, which includes taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test as a high school junior. Of the 3.5 million students who take the test, 1.5 million advance to the next stage.

Of those 1.5 million students, approximately 16,000 are chosen as semi-finalists and are notified via their high schools.

Finalists are picked from students who have demonstrated outstanding performance throughout high school, who have achieved high scores on the SAT, who intend to attend a four-year college, and who meet other criteria.

Dr. Louise Losos formerly led Clayton High School, rated one of Missouri’s top 100 high schools by Newsweek.