Payton College Prep tops 2018 list of Illinois' best high schools

Va. school makes top 10 'best high schools' list; Md. ranks No. 3 for college readiness

Va. school makes top 10 'best high schools' list; Md. ranks No. 3 for college readiness

To determine the rankings, U.S. News and World Report teamed with RTI International, a global nonprofit social science research firm based in North Carolina.

In addition to Preuss, seven other San Diego Unified schools made the top 1,000, including La Jolla High, Mt. Everest Academy, Scripps Ranch High, University City High, the O'Farrell Charter, Junipero Serra High and Henry High.

Ocean Springs' "scorecard" included a 33.3 College Readiness Index with 44 percent AP tested, 65 percent AP passed, 41 percent mathematics proficiency and 61 percent reading proficiency.

Suncoast was one of only two schools in Florida to earn a spot on the list.

Academy for Academic Excellence in Apple Valley was the next highest ranking school in the High Desert. Gautier's 90 percent graduation rate topped Ocean Springs' 87 percent, but Gautier only received a 13.4 CRI.

At No. 39, Elizabethtown High School ranked the highest in the state out of area schools.

The school, which features a longer school year, more demanding classes and greater support than typical public schools, has hit on some techniques for helping low-income, sometimes struggling students become first-generation college graduates, principal Scott Barton said.

The school notched a 70 percent in both math and reading proficiency on U.S. News' scorecard.

"The data shows that when high schools utilize these courses student achievement follows".

To calculate the rankings, schools are scored on their performance on math and reading assessments, relative to the averages in their respective states, and the proportion of their student body who are racial minorities or economically disadvantaged. ". Our staff and our students are always finding new ways to reinvent themselves and improve on what we do as a proud public high school in Kentucky".

"We're thrilled with the No. 1 ranking", Miller said.

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