Additionally, Highlands is one of only five high schools in the Commonwealth of Kentucky that earned a gold medal designation, the highest award given.
Superintendent Gene Kirchner stated, “We are very pleased that Highlands High School has once again been recognized as one of America’s very best high schools. This is a credit to our students, staff and community.”
Schools were awarded gold, silver, or bronze medals based on state proficiency standards, how well they prepare students for college, and other factors. To produce the 2014 Best High Schools, U.S. News worked with the Washington, D.C.-based American Institutes for Research (AIR), one of the largest behavioral and social science research organizations in the world.
AIR implemented U.S. News's comprehensive rankings methodology, which is based on the key principles that a great high school must serve all of its students well, not just those who are college-bound, and that it must be able to produce measurable academic outcomes to show the school is successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators.
Source: Press Release