New Orleans area high schools land top 4 spots in Louisiana rankings

Jericho High School made the U.S. News

The International Academy of Macomb in Clinton Township was ranked the top magnet school in the nation by U.S. News & World report, according to Jennifer Chambers of the Detroit News. Schools earn gold, silver or bronze ratings based on their performance on state assessment tests and how well they prepare students for college.

"Ridgefield High School is ranked 5th within CT". Payton ranked as the nation's 52nd best high school, according to U.S. News.

In addition to Preuss, seven other San Diego Unified schools made the top 1,000, including La Jolla High, Mt. Everest Academy, Scripps Ranch High, University City High, the O'Farrell Charter, Junipero Serra High and Henry High. It has a graduation rate of more than 95 percent, and a college readiness score of 84.4.

Chattanooga Center for Creative Arts came in 7th place this year, which means they earned a silver medal.

Mark Lundin, Blackduck's high school principal and superintendent, said the rankings were akin to the top schools with AP programs. Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement® course work and exams.

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Ocean Springs College Readiness Index score of 33.3 was tops in MS and far exceeded that of all other Jackson County schools, with Pascagoula High School the next highest at 18.8.

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

This year's rankings were a significant improvement over last year, when PMSA was ranked 32 in the state and 1,044 nationally, and received a Silver medal.

The school notched a 70 percent in both math and reading proficiency on U.S. News' scorecard. "The student body makeup is 50 percent male and 50 percent female, and the total minority enrollment is 12 percent". The first three steps review graduation rates and state proficiency tests for math and reading, while the fourth reviews how students fared on advanced placement and global baccalaureate exams, which measure students preparedness for college level work. The second step in then looked at how historically underserved students (black, hispanic, and low income) performed based upon the state averages for those students.

"Where we are in the rankings is never the focus", he said.

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