By: Sharon Aron Baron
U.S. News & World Report awarded three local high schools silver medals in their 2018 school rankings which is only achieved by 11 percent of all high schools in the U.S.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas, JP Taravella and Coral Glades High School, serving Coral Springs and Parkland residents, all earned a silver medal by the publication.
To earn a gold, silver or bronze medal from U.S. News & World Report, schools must pass a four-step evaluation, which looks at students’ performance on required state tests, their graduation rates and their college readiness. Over 19,908 schools were ranked.
Pompano Beach High School and Cypress Bay High School both should be commended for earning a top 500 placement in the nation and gold medal achievement. This is only achieved by three percent of all schools in the U.S.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School ranked #53 in Florida #697 Nationally 96% graduation rate 52.1 college readiness Silver Award.
JP Taravella High School ranked #148 in Florida #2022 Nationally 93% graduation rate 29.6 college readiness. Silver Award.
Coral Glades High School ranked #149 in Florida #2047 Nationally 90% graduation rate 29.3 college readiness. Silver Award.
Coral Springs Charter School was *unranked. 99% graduation rate 36.4 college readiness.
Coral Springs High School was *unranked. 87% graduation rate 23 college readiness.
U.S. News evaluated data for schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The rankings include school-specific data on enrollment, diversity, participation in free and reduced-price lunch programs, state assessment results, and Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate test participation and performance.
Overall, the rankings focus on student outcomes with an emphasis on graduation rates and state proficiency tests. To earn a medal, schools must pass a four-step evaluation, which looks at students’ performance on required state tests, their graduation rates and their college readiness.
High schools receiving national recognition from U.S. News have graduation rates that average 15 percent higher than other schools across the country.
*High Schools listed as unranked in US News & World Report: Some schools are not included on the Best High Schools website because they were too small or were missing key data.
Sharon Aron Baron is the Editor of Talk Media and writer for Parkland Talk. She has been covering Parkland news since 2012. Parkland Talk was created to provide News, Views and Entertainment for the residents of Parkland.