Each year, Newsweek ranks America’s Best High Schools. This year, Ladue Horton Watkins High School (LHWHS) took the top spot in Missouri, having been ranked fourth last year, and third the year before. LHWHS placed 18 in the midwest, and 166 in the nation, rising from 188 in the nation in 2012.
“We could not be more proud of our students and the outstanding teaching and support staff at our high school,” said Principal Bridget Hermann. “While we know rankings can never tell the full story, we are very excited and pleased to see our high school students perform so well in Newsweek’s rankings. Students and staff alike should feel very good about seeing their hard work reflected in these results.”
As explained in the article announcing the results, Newsweek’s methodology seeks to recognize those high schools “that have proven to be the most effective in turning out college-ready grads.” Each school is ranked based on six weighted components: graduation rate (25%), college acceptance rate (25%), Advanced Placement (AP) tests taken per student (25%), average SAT/ACT scores (10%), average AP scores (10%) and percent of students enrolled in at least one AP course (5%.)
This year, Newsweek ranked their top 2,000 schools – compared with 1,000 in 2012, and 500 in 2011. In Missouri, 23 public schools made the list. Following are the top ten, accompanied by their national rankings: LHWHS (166), Clayton (179), Metro Academic and Classical (238), Lindbergh (334), Lafayette (357), Kirkwood (523), Francis Howell (617), Lincoln College Preparatory Academy (659), Parkway Central (668) and Parkway West (684.)