|Highlands High School. FTM file.|
TheBestSchools.Org has ranked the Bluebirds as the 74th best public school in America, checking in ten spots before the only other Kentucky school in the top 100, duPont Manual.
Wyoming High School in Cincinnati also made the list at #48.
Superintendent, Gene Kirchner, said he was thrilled with the news.
"Fort Thomas is truly a special place," he said. "Our community members understand that providing all children with a high quality public education is the most important investment we can make Our schools shine and our students prosper because of that investment. I’m extremely proud of our students, staff and community."
TheBestSchools.org is an independent organization comprised of a group of educators. According to their website, they said that "our rankings and recommendations are carefully researched and made apart from any financial incentives. Our articles never promote or disregard a school for financial gain. We simply provide the best rankings on the web, and we make our process no mystery."
Their methodology includes the following factors:
- Strength of high school curriculum
- School Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) participation rate
- When applicable, percent of students AP tested and passed and percent IB tested and passed
- Reading and math results on each state’s proficiency tests
- SAT/ACT scores
- Student graduation rate
- Performance of disadvantaged students
- Student-teacher ratio
- Student reviews (from notable sources)
- Percentage of college bound students
- Facilities,clubs and activities
Here's what they said about Highlands:
"Highlands High School, a public secondary school, prepares graduates for college or a career.
The school offers about 20 Advanced Placement courses; 82 percent of its students enroll in AP classes.
Students can join a number of sports teams.
The U.S. Department of Education recognized Highlands High School as a Blue Ribbon School.
Students who live outside the school district can apply and pay tuition to attend Highlands High School. Admissions criteria include grade point average, test scores, school-based behavior, school attendance and special talents, affiliations, awards and achievements."