Flagler High Schools Earn Honors in US News and World Report Ranking

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 4:06pm

US News & World Report’s annual ranking of the best public high schools in the nation has been released.  Once again, students, teachers, and staff at both high schools in Flagler County have yet another reason to celebrate.

Matanzas High School is listed as a “silver medal” school while Flagler Palm Coast High School earned “bronze medal” status. Both schools are no strangers to this annual list. Says Jacob Oliva, Superintendent of Flagler Schools “It validates the hard work that our schools are doing to commit to ensuring our students have personalized learning opportunities which will prepare them for success in college, careers and in life.”

Each year, US News & World Report gathers data from more than 22,000 public high schools from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The online news organization uses a school’s performance on state assessments, how well students are prepared for college, and a school’s graduation rate to award either gold, silver or bronze medals. The publication is constantly tweaking its formula and new this year is the way Advanced Placement (AP) exams are factored into the methodology. Greater weight is given to schools where students take part and pass college-level courses and exams.

According to U.S. News & World Report, “students at the 6,041 schools that receive national recognition from U.S. News graduate at rates that are 15 percent higher, on average, than students at schools nationwide that are not ranked.”

You can view the entire list at: https://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools