Buffalo high school ranked best in Upstate New York, 17th in state

Robyn Ellis Director of Lindon charter school Karl G. Maeser Preparatory Academy in Lindon overlooks the the high school gym as a poster illustrates the nearly 2-million in scholarship funding awarded to thei

The school's ranking has fallen by one position in the state - it was ranked fourth in the state and 298th in the nation past year.

U.S. News also awarded schools gold, silver, bronze, or no star based on college readiness.

"We encourage parents to use the Best High Schools rankings and data to research which schools in their state and nationwide are ensuring students are well-equipped for the future", Narayan said. Among Illinois schools, Payton College Prep High School in Chicago was ranked as the top high school, earning the magazine's "Gold Medal" status.

Cobalt Institute of Math and Science along with University Preparatory School, both in the Victor Valley Union High School District, were ranked highest in the region, according to U.S. News on Wednesday. I'm extremely proud of our students for their hard work and for helping to create a positive environment at JHHS.

Suncoast was one of only two schools in Florida to earn a spot on the list.

For the first time in recent years, John Hardin was named one of the top high schools in Kentucky, ranking 55th out of 70 schools recognized.

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Other area high schools to receive a bronze rating which were not among the top 71 schools in Kentucky were Fulton County and Hickman County, Fulton County had a 100 percent graduation rate, while Hickman County had an 89 percent graduation rate. "We selected schools that outperformed their state averages".

The report looked at over 20,000 schools, taking into account Common Core data and graduation rates, as well as Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exam scores.

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

The full U.S. News rankings can be found here.

Cassen noted that the district's rankings aren't a goal in themselves, but the result of efforts to prepare students to graduate from high school and move onto jobs or college.

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