Five City of Richmond high schools have been named among the best in the nation, according to a new report. U.S. News & World Report ranked Richmond Community High School as a Silver Award Winner (ranking number 17 in the region), followed by Franklin Military Academy, George Wythe, Huguenot, and John Marshall High Schools that were all ranked with a Bronze designation in the publication’s annual “Best High Schools” report.
The “Best High Schools” rankings identify the country’s top-performing public high schools with the goal to provide a balanced snapshot of how well public schools serve all students in preparing them to demonstrate proficiency in basic skill sets as well as readiness for college-level work.
U.S. News nationally ranked the 6,041 highest-scoring schools as gold, silver or bronze in the 2017 rankings. To be eligible for a state ranking, a school must be awarded a national gold, silver or bronze medal. Virginia is home to 118 schools ranked in 2017.
There are a number of data sources used to produce the rankings to include each high school’s statewide accountability proficiency test results and graduation rate. Additionally, the College Board was used as the source of the Advanced Placement test data for each public high school, when applicable, that were used to create calculated values used in the rankings.