Lopez School Awarded Silver Medal by US News & World Report
Lopez School Awarded Silver Medal for Best High Schools by US News and World Report
Lopez School officials are pleased to announce that Lopez Middle/High School has just recently been awarded a Silver medal for Best High Schools, in the 2013 US News and World Report ranking of the nation’s best public high schools. Lopez School ranked #21 in Washington State and in the top 1000 nationally. The school rose in the rankings from their 2012 rank of Bronze.
The US News and World Report public high school ranking project began in 2007 and seeks to identify the nation’s top performing public high schools. The magazine’s goal is to provide a clear, unbiased picture of how well our public schools serve their students, as they prepare them for proficiency in basic skills and college readiness. In a published statement from the magazine, the editors stated that “US News and World Report’s editors believe high schools are among America’s most important institutions. Education drives our country’s future. Recognizing schools that are performing well and providing models to other schools will inspire educators and communities to do better.”
Over 21,000 public high schools across the country, as well as the over 600 high schools in Washington State were evaluated for these rankings. Based upon a belief that the best schools must serve all students well and must produce measurable academic outcomes that support that mission, the evaluations for ranking included review of state assessment scores for a variety of categories, how well the schools prepare their students for college, as measured by AP participation and performance, combined reading and math proficiency indicators, as well as graduation rates, student to teacher ratios, and other factors. The rankings reflect a strong emphasis on college readiness.
“To have our Lopez School ranked #21 in the state and in the top 1000 nationally, is quite an honor and is further recognition of the continuous efforts toward educational excellence by our Lopez School staff, students and community.” stated Lopez Superintendent Bill Evans.
Lopez School ranks highest in similar-sized school districts (150-250 students) across Washington State, reported school officials. It should be noted that all of the San Juan Islands schools ranked very high in this latest report, with Orcas High School also receiving a Silver medal and ranking #25 in Washington, and Friday Harbor High School receiving a Gold medal and ranking #5 in the State. “Congratulations to Orcas and San Juan Island Schools for their excellent work. There is some impressive learning and educating going on in these islands!” declared Superintendent Evans. “What an amazing place to live and raise children.”