Four Ann Arbor Public Schools high schools have again received medals in the US News and World Report 2018 Best High Schools Rankings. Three AAPS high schools claimed silver medals and one a bronze in continuing the trend of high achievement in this rigorous national comparative assessment of high school programs.
In the latest rankings, Pioneer High School placed 20th in Michigan, earning a silver medal. Since US News and World Reports resumed their rankings in 2012, Pioneer has finished in the top 20 in the state each year.
Also earning silver medals were, Skyline High School ranked 21st in the state, and Huron High School placed 35th. Community High School earned a bronze medal and placed 139th.
This year’s rankings, using the U.S. News comprehensive rankings methodology, is based on these key principles:
- that a great high school must serve all of its students well, not just those who are college bound, and that
- a top-performing high school must be able to produce measurable academic outcomes to show it is successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators.
“The U.S. News and World Reports designation of Community, Huron, Pioneer and Skyline as 2018 Best High Schools again confirms the top quality educational experience and rigorous programming characteristics of our quality Ann Arbor Public Schools. We are especially proud of our students, staff, parents and the Ann Arbor community as these awards reflect yet another measure of our exceptional Ann Arbor Public Schools education,” states Superintendent Swift.
The 2018 Best High School rankings include, 500 gold medal high schools, 2,211 silver medal schools, and 3, 237 bronze medals. US News and World Report started with an analysis of over 28,800 public high schools across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Seven of Michigan’s 860 high schools evaluated earned gold medals, with another 95 claiming silver medals.
A four-step methodology was used to evaluate high schools and create the rankings. The first three steps focus on student performance on state-required math and reading tests, comparing testing performance of historically underserved students to state averages, and if the school had an 80 percent graduation rate. Schools that passed the threshold in these three measures were then ranked based on performance on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams.