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.
|Campbell County YMCA. This is an advertisement.|
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.