Magazine ranks Shenandoah high schools among nation’s best

Two high schools in Shenandoah County are among the the best in the nation, according to the 2015 National Rankings of Best High Schools in America by U.S. News & World Report.

Shenandoah County Public Schools announced  Monday that Stonewall Jackson High School in Quicksburg and Central High in Woodstock earned bronze medals among 6,517 of the best schools in the nation. Of those schools, 500 received gold medals, 2,027 received silver medals and 3,990 received bronze medals.

The U.S. News & World Report website  lists four numeric qualities of the ranking schools: the student-teacher ratio, college readiness index, mathematics proficiency and reading proficiency. The latter three are based on results from state exit exams and college-level exams, and those results qualified them for placement on the list, for which a total of 19,753 schools were eligible.

Central had a student to teacher ratio of 12-to-1, a college readiness index of 11.1 and math and reading proficiency at 2.9 and 3.0 respectively. Based on test scores, U.S. News & World Report calculated that 92 percent of students were proficient in reading and 80 percent were proficient in math.

Stonewall Jackson had a student to teacher ratio of 11-to-1, a college readiness index of 15.1 and math and reading proficiency at 3.0 each. U.S. News & World Report calculated that 91 percent of students were proficient in reading and 88 percent were proficient in math.

Though not quite earning a medal to place it on the list, Strasburg High School came close with a college readiness index of 11.2 and math and reading proficiency at 2.8 and 2.9 respectively.

Overall, Shenandoah County’s high schools had an average college readiness index of 12.5, an average math proficiency of 2.9 and an average reading proficiency of 3.0. The district ranked above the state average for proficiency in both subjects and below the state average for college readiness.

Further information on the schools’ data can be found at http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools.