Francis Howell and Francis Howell Central are in the top 20 high schools in Missouri, according to U.S. News & World Report’s annual list. Both schools also were ranked in the top 2,000 high schools nationwide.
Francis Howell ranked 10th and Francis Howell Central ranked 17th.
Dr. Dave Wedlock, principal of Francis Howell, said, “We appreciate this honor as it recognizes the outstanding hard work, resilience and collaboration of students, parents and staff as we reach to be our best.”
Dr. Sonny Arnel, principal of Francis Howell Central, said, “To be ranked so high, out of 517 schools, is gratifying to our faculty, staff and administrators due to all of the work and passion they have committed to better our students. This confirms what I say all the time, ‘Francis Howell Central is an awesome school!’”
U.S. News’ comprehensive rankings are based on key principles. First, a high school must serve all of its students well, not just those who are college-bound. Second, it must be able to produce measurable academic outcomes to show the school is successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators.