Among the 2018 U.S. News Best High Schools in Kentucky, there are five gold medal schools, 37 silver medal schools and 54 bronze medal schools.
Highlands was one of those gold medal schools, along with Beechwood in Fort Mitchell.
"Top-ranked schools succeed in three main areas: exceeding expectations on state proficiency tests, offering challenging coursework and graduating their students," said Anita Narayan, managing editor of Education at U.S. News. "We encourage parents to use the Best High Schools rankings and data to research which schools in their state and nationwide are ensuring students are well-equipped for the future."
U.S. News & World Report looked at four main thresholds to compare the 20,500 public schools across the nation: how students exceeded expectations in their states; how underserved students performed better than the state average; if student graduation rates met a threshold; is students were prepared for college-level coursework.
Throughout northern Kentucky, Beechwood was ranked #3 (353 nationally) and Campbell County was ranked #12 (1,108 nationally).
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