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Local high schools ranked among best in Missouri

By: Ellen Lampe


The 2018 U.S. News & World Report Best High School Rankings have been released, and several high schools in the Francis Howell, Fort Zumwalt and Wentzville school districts made the prestigious list of the Best High Schools in Missouri.

The rankings evaluate more than 500 public high schools in Missouri and more than 20,000 nationwide to identify schools that best serve all of their students – including historically under-served populations – and assess the degree to which students are prepared for college-level coursework.

In the Francis Howell School District, Francis Howell High was ranked No. 14, Francis Howell North was ranked No. 22 and Francis Howell Central was ranked No. 23. These schools also were ranked in the top 2,500 high schools in the nation. 

“This recognition speaks to the effort, resilience and collaboration of our students, parents and staff as we continue to work together to create a great educational experience,” said FHSD Superintendent Dr. Mary Hendricks-Harris. 

In the Fort Zumwalt School District, South High was ranked No. 19, West High was ranked No. 25, North High was ranked No. 33 and East High was ranked No. 36. 

In the Wentzville School District, Timberland High made the list at No. 27 and Holt High came in at No. 37. 

“Top-ranked schools succeed in three main areas: exceeding expectations on state proficiency tests, offering challenging coursework and graduating their students,” said Anita Narayan, managing editor of Education at U.S. News. 

U.S. News’ comprehensive rankings methodology is based on the key principles that a great high school must serve all of its students well, not just those who are college-bound, and that 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.

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