Friday, 25 May, 2018

Suncoast High School earns spot on Top 100 list

Va. school makes top 10 'best high schools' list; Md. ranks No. 3 for college readiness These Pa. public high schools are among the best in the nation
Lisa Bryan | 10 May, 2018, 14:24

Six of the top 10 spots went to Arizona public schools, with BASIS Scottsdale earning the top place among high schools nationwide for the second year in a row.

Others high schools in northeast Iowa that U.S. News rated as bronze medal winners included: AGWSR in Ackley, Denver, Forest City, Grundy Center, Hampton-Dumont, Iowa Falls-Alden, Jesup, Northwood-Kensett, Oelwein, Osage, South Winneshiek in Calmar, St. Ansgar, Starmont in Arlington, Sumner-Fredricksburg and West Delaware in Manchester. Magnet high schools are public schools that attract top-rated students in a region.

"The first three steps ensured that the schools serve all of their students well, using their performance on the math and reading parts of their state proficiency tests and their graduation rates as the benchmarks", according to the methodology explained on the publication's website. Only 2 percent of schools in the country, including Ottawa Hills, received a gold star.

Top-performing high schools receive gold, silver and bronze medal recognition, with gold indicating the greatest level of college readiness.


Prairie Grove High School moved up to fourth from last year's rank of seventh in the state.

The full U.S. News rankings can be found here. "The student body makeup is 50 percent male and 50 percent female, and the total minority enrollment is 12 percent", the report said. Of those, schools were ranked based both on student performance, and on how the schools meet the needs of students who are not college-bound.

The report looked at over 20,000 schools, taking into account Common Core data and graduation rates, as well as Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exam scores.

Charter-based Riverside Preparatory in Oro Grande was also a silver medalist, ranking No. 376 in California and No. 1,911 in the nation.

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