Annual rankings report: Murray High 8th in state


North Dakota had four schools rank nationally in U.S. New's Best High School Rankings.

Five hundred high schools earned gold medals, 2,211 received silver medals and 3,237 schools scored bronze medals in the national rankings. Public high schools in the BASIS charter school network in Arizona dominated the top of the national rankings, claiming the first five spots. The fifth-ranked school in the country was Basis Flagstaff. (Of note, Blue Valley Southwest did not receive a numerical ranking in the latest release - likely an error on the part of U.S. News).

The Tucson Unified School District's University High School placed 27th in the country, according to the study, down from 15th previous year.

You can find the full rankings for Kansas here.

Only two percent of the nation's high schools earn gold medal status, with 11 percent - including Ocean Springs - gaining silver medal recognition. The methodology factored in performance on state tests, graduation rates and scores on Advanced Placement exams from the 2015-16 school year. He credited the work of faculty and staff and support of parents and community members in helping the school be successful.

Just one Broward County school made the top 200 best high schools nationally.

Murray High earned a silver rating, with a 100 percent graduation rate and a score of 48.4 in college readiness.

At No. 39, Elizabethtown High School ranked the highest in the state out of area schools.

The magazine evaluated more than 20,500 public high schools nationwide according to how they serve all of their students, including historically underserved populations, and the degree to which students are prepared for college-level coursework.