Four Northland high schools were among the 2018 ranking by U.S. News and World Report. A fifth was not in the ranking but received a medal.
Park Hill, Staley, Park Hill South and Platte County R-III were among the publication’s recent nationwide list of best high schools. Each year, U.S. News publishes a national ranking of high schools with gold, silver and bronze medals, with gold medals indicating the greatest level of college readiness. This year, there were 5,948 medaled schools overall.
In the Northland, Park Hill was the highest ranked school at 912th in the nation and seventh in Missouri. Park Hill earned a silver ranking, placing it in the second-highest general category.
Staley High School in the North Kansas City School District came in at the 1,509th spot nationally, 13th in Missouri. Staley also earned a silver ranking.
Park Hill South High School was ranked 2,016th in the nation, 17th in Missouri and earned a silver ranking.
Platte County R-III high school was 2,535th nationally and 26th in Missouri, also with a silver ranking.
Excelsior Springs School earned 38th in Missouri and a bronze medal.
Blue Valley North High School in Johnson County was Greater Kansas City’s top-ranked school with a national ranking at 606.
The U.S. News rankings included data on more than 20,500 public schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Schools were awarded gold, silver or bronze medals based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college.
Four measurements were utilized:
• Do students exceed expectations in their states in reading and mathematics assessments?
• Do underserved students perform better than the state average?
• Do student graduation rates equal or exceed 80 percent?
• Are students prepared for college-level coursework, based on the percentages of each school’s students who took and passed AP and IB exams?
Missouri is home to three schools awarded gold medals, 26 with silver medals and 133 with bronze medals.