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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Highlands Named Kentucky's Best High School and One of Best in U.S.

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Highlands High School was again named one of “America’s Best High Schools” by the recent U.S. News & World Report “America’s Best High Schools 2015” report.

Highlands received a Gold Medal designation and and was ranked #197 nationally. More than 21,150 high schools were analyzed, and the gold medal designation is awarded to the top 500 schools, representing only 2.8% of all high schools in the entire country.

Additionally, Highlands leads Kentucky ranking first of the four high schools in the Commonwealth that earned a gold medal designation, the highest award given.

“We are very excited that Highlands High School has once again been recognized as number one in Kentucky and one of America’s best. Congratulations to our students, staff and community,” said Superintendent Gene Kirchner.

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 2015 Best High Schools rankings, U.S. News & World Report teamed with North Carolina-based RTI International, a global nonprofit social science research firm.

RTI implemented the U.S. News comprehensive rankings methodology, which is based on these 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 it is successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators
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