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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

U.S. News & World Report Names Highlands One Of America's Best High Schools

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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 2017” report, receiving a Gold Medal designation and ranking 273 nationally.

More than 20,400 high schools were analyzed, and the gold medal designation is awarded to the top 500 schools. Only four high schools in Kentucky earned a gold medal designation, the highest award given.

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Superintendent Gene Kirchner stated, “I am excited to see that Highlands High School received a Gold Medal designation, ranking in the top 500 high schools in the nation. Congratulations 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 2017 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.


  1. Thankful to be an OLD alumni- 1969!! I had wonderful High School years!! Thanks Bluebirds!'