Three LS high schools earn ‘Best High Schools’ national honor

May 1, 2013 

Lee’s Summit High School, Lee’s Summit North High School and Lee’s Summit West High School were among the top 20 high schools in Missouri to receive recognition in U.S. News and World Report’s annual “Best High Schools” ranking this spring.

The three local schools were among just seven Kansas City metropolitan-area high schools to be featured in the national magazine’s top 20 high schools for Missouri.

All three schools received silver medals this year in addition to being among the state’s top 20. Only seven high schools in the Kansas City metro area, 26 high schools in Missouri and 1,790 schools nationally received the silver medal.

This is the fifth year that the magazine has developed this ranking to determine which high schools are most successful. U.S. News and World Report partnered with the American Institutes for Research to determine the rankings.

High schools – including public, charter and magnet – were first analyzed at the state level in terms of how well students in each school performed on state assessments, taking into account the test scores of disadvantaged students. Performance on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams was then used to determine the degree to which schools prepare students for college work.

The magazine initially analyzed 21,035 public high schools from 49 states and the District of Columbia. (According to the magazine’s website, Nebraska does not report enough data and is not evaluated.) Other Kansas City metro-area schools ranked in the top 20 were Park Hill High School, Park Hill South High School, Truman High School and Lincoln College Preparatory Academy.

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