OKC Schools Ranked Among Best High Schools In US

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The 2018 installment of U.S. News & World Reports' annual Best High Schools rankings gives Shawnee Mission schools high marks.

Five hundred high schools earned gold medals, 2,211 received silver medals and 3,237 schools scored bronze medals in the national rankings.

The top nationally ranked schools were all BASIS charter schools in Arizona.

Gautier High School was the only other Jackson County school to appear in the state rankings and earn a medal status, coming in at #12 statewide - an identical ranking to a year ago - and earning a bronze medal.

You can find the full rankings for Kansas here.

The next-closest high ranker from the Tucson area was Catalina Foothills High School, which clocked in at 670th-best school in the country, up from 798th previous year.

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Academy for Academic Excellence in Apple Valley was the next highest ranking school in the High Desert. He credited the work of faculty and staff and support of parents and community members in helping the school be successful. The magazine analyzed state reading and math assessment scores, demographic information, graduation rates, and college-readiness measurements such as Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams.

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

Massachusetts, California and Maryland topped Florida as states with the largest proportion of high schools earning gold and silver medals. The school also has a graduation rate of 87 percent.

U.S. News based the rankings on data from the 2015-16 school year.

"We are proud, as always, of our high-performing schools, and that they are located across the county", said Interim Superintendent Verletta White.

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