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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Highlands Named Best High School in Northern Kentucky, #2 in State

U.S. News & World Report has once again ranked Highlands High School as the top high school in northern Kentucky. The school was also ranked number 308 in the nation.

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."

Kentucky assesses high school students with end-of-course exams in English II, Algebra II and biology. It will add U.S. history in 2019. High school graduation requirements in Kentucky call for a minimum of 22 credits earned, including the completion of a course on the history and appreciation of visual and performing arts. Learn more from the Kentucky Department of Education.

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).

To read their full methodology, click here. 

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