Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Highlands Ranks Highly in National Rankings

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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 2016” report, receiving a Gold Medal designation and ranking 271 nationally.

Last year, Highlands was ranked 197. 

More than 21,150 high schools were analyzed, and the gold medal designation is awarded to the top 500 schools. Only five high schools in Kentucky earned a gold medal designation, the highest award given.
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Additionally, Highlands High School was ranked first in Kentucky and at 117 nationally on the Washington Post’s 2016 list of “America’s Most Challenging High Schools.” This year, just more than 10% of the approximately 22,000 U.S. public high schools reached the standard to earn placement on the list. The top 220 schools are in the top 1% nationally.


America's Most Challenging High Schools ranks schools through an index formula that's a simple ratio: the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year.

“To have Highlands High School recognized as one of America’s best high schools is truly an honor,” stated Superintendent Gene Kirchner. “This serves as a testimony to the culture of high expectations that exists within our community.”

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