Southwest, South and Henry named top high schools by U.S. News and World Report
MAY 8, 2012, MINNEAPOLIS – Southwest, South and Patrick Henry high schools today were among 145 Minnesota schools included in the annual list of top high schools compiled by U.S. News and World Report.
Southwest High School was named the number one high school in the state and made the gold medal national list at number 163. South High School was ranked number 24 in Minnesota and number 948 nationally for a silver medal. Patrick Henry High School was ranked number 28 in Minnesota and number 997 nationally for a silver medal.
U.S. News’s rankings methodology reflected the 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 the school is successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators. A three-step process was used to determine whether each school’s students were performing better than statistically expected for the average student in the state, whether the school’s least-advantaged students were performing better than average for similar students in the state and the degree to which the school prepared students for college-level work as reflected in Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate test data.
The report reviewed 21,776 U.S. public high schools. In the U.S. News Best High Schools 2012 rankings, Minnesota had 7 gold medal schools, 42 silver medal schools and 96 bronze medal schools.