MHS and FPC make 2013 Best High Schools Rankings by U.S. News and World Report
Submitted on Tuesday April 23rd 2013 2:44:14 PM

Matanzas and Flagler Palm Coast High Schools have been identified as two of the most outstanding high schools in the country.

U.S. News and World Report has released its annual Best High Schools rankings after analyzing 21,035 public schools nationwide.  Out of 777 high schools in Florida, only 119 met the student performance and college readiness criteria that enabled them to be included in the national rankings.  Both Flagler County high schools, Matanzas High School and Flagler Palm Coast High School, are among this elite group. 

MHS is ranked # 72 in Florida and #1523 nationwide; FPC, # 87 in Florida and #2242 nationwide.  These rankings put MHS in the top 7% and FPC in the top 11% of all high schools nationwide.

According to the report, “A three-step process determined the Best High Schools.  The first two steps ensured that the schools serve all of their students well, using performance on state proficiency tests as the benchmarks.   For those schools that made it past the first two steps, a third step assessed the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work.”   

As part of the first two steps, it was determined that the average student was performing better than what was expected for the average student across the state and that the least-advantaged students of Matanzas and Flagler Palm Coast High Schools —identified by the report as black, Hispanic, and low-income—were performing statistically better than similar disadvantaged students in the state.

By demonstrating that they were performing at this high level, MHS and FPC were eligible to move to the third step in the selection process: a determination of college readiness.  This step measured “which schools produced the best college-level achievement for the highest percentages of their students.” A “college readiness index” based on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate participation and performance was calculated and the two Flagler County high schools were deemed high achieving in this area as well.  

Flagler Palm Coast High School and Matanzas High School both earned “Silver Medal” recognition, an honor reserved for only schools in the top 2,290 (11%) in the nation.

The full story can be found at http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools and http://www.usnews.com/education/high-schools/articles/2013/04/22/how-us-news-calculated-the-2013-best-high-schools-rankings?s_cid=related-links:TOP .