Eleven Southern Arizona high schools named as ‘best’ in national rankings | News
U. S. News & World Report recently released its annual ‘Best High Schools in America list’, and 11 local schools are on it.
The ranking for this annual list is completed through a three step process, which includes evaluating all high schools in the United States (all 22,000 of them) using the following criteria:
1. Determining if the school’s students performed better than the average student in the state.
2. If step one is reached, the school’s least-advantaged students must perform better than average in the state.
3. Finally, if the first two criteria are met, the school is evaluated on college-readiness using Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate test scores. Schools were given a college-readiness score based on the number of seniors who took one or more AP/IB test before or during their senior year divided by the total number of seniors and how well those students scored on the test.
Based on these scores eleven Southern Arizona schools received either a Gold or Silver ranking. They are the following schools (the information given is name, district, state ranking, national ranking, medal received):
- BASIS Tucson, BASIS, #1, #2, Gold
- University High, TUSD, #4, #29, Gold
- Sonoran Science Academy, Sonoran Science Academy, #5, #53, Gold
- Catalina Foothills, Catalina Foothills, #8, #354, Gold
- Canyon Del Oro, Amphitheater, #11, #859, Silver
- Sabino, TUSD, #14, #880, Silver
- Ironwood Ridge, Amphitheater, #16, #1003, Silver
- Flowing Wells, Flowing Wells, #28, #1672, Silver
- Cienega, Vail, #36, #1880, Silver
- Empire, Vail, #38, #1893, Silver
- Sahuaro, TUSD, #42, #2152, Silver