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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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.”