U.S News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report has released rankings of "Best High Schools by Metro Area."

U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best High Schools Rankings were released Wednesday with a new twist — for the first time, high schools were ranked within each metropolitan statistical area.

• How is this different from U.S. News rankings released in April?

Those numbers ranked high schools nationally and within states.

• Why rank schools within each district?

“We’ve heard from students, parents and school officials that they’re interested in seeing how their school compares with others in the community,” Robert Morse, chief data strategist at U.S. News, said in a statement. “With these new rankings, residents in more than 900 metro areas nationwide can see which local schools are succeeding at educating and graduating their students.”

• Which schools were included?

All public high schools in the nation with a 12th-grade enrollment of 15 students or more, or that had a sufficient number of students in other grades to be analyzed. The total was 17,245 public high schools, an increase from the 2,700 schools that were ranked last year.

• What are the rankings based on?

Six factors, including college readiness as measured by 12th-graders who took and passed AP and IB exams, math and reading proficiency, graduation rates, and the performance of black, Hispanic and low-income students

How did our local schools do?

CHARLOTTE

  1. Lemon Bay High School (Englewood): #180 in Florida, #3,644 in National
  2. Edison Collegiate High School (Punta Gorda): #246 in Florida, #5,328 in National
  3. Charlotte High School (Punta Gorda): #247 in Florida, #5,336 in National
  4. Port Charlotte High School (Port Charlotte): #286 in Florida, #6,567 in National
  5. Charlotte Virtual: #468-555 in Florida, #12,935-17,245 in National

SARASOTA

  1. Pine View School (Osprey): #1 in Florida, #15 in National
  2. Riverview High School (Sarasota): #52 in Florida, #1,019 in National
  3. Suncoast Polytechnical High School (Sarasota): #58 in Florida, #1,040 in National
  4. Venice Senior High School (Venice): #105 in Florida, #1,997 in National
  5. North Port High School (North Port): #205 in Florida, #5,602 in National
  6. Sarasota High School (Sarasota): #282 in Florida, #6,379 in National
  7. Sarasota Military Academy (Sarasota): #322 in Florida, #7,617 in National
  8. Booker High School (Sarasota): #391 in Florida, #9,703 in National
  9. Imagine School at North Port (North Port): #424 in Florida, #10,895 in National

DESOTO

DeSoto County High School (Arcadia): #468-555 in Florida, #12,935-17,245 in National

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How our school districts compare

Total schools Total students College readiness (%) Reading proficient (%) Math proficientcy (%)
Charlotte 7 (5 ranked) 5,761 13.4 62 60
Sarasota 14 (9 ranked) 16,182 33.2 66 63
DeSoto 5 (1 ranked) 1,293 15.2 26 26

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