U.S. News released its annual Best High Schools rankings April 22 and Lee’s Summit West High School was named one of the top-15 high schools in the state of Missouri.
West was joined on the state’s best list by Kansas City-area high schools Park Hill (No. 5) and Park Hill South (No. 9). Lincoln College Prep in Kansas City came in at No. 11 in the statewide list and Metro Academic and Classical High School in St. Louis was No. 1 in the state.
U.S. News analyzed more than 31,200 public high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The publication teamed with American Institutes for Research, a D.C.-based organization, to evaluate schools in three phases.
The first two steps looked at overall student performance on state-mandated assessments, as well as how effectively schools educated their black, Hispanic and economically disadvantaged students. Participation in and performance on Advanced Placement International Baccalaureate exams were also used to evaluate how well schools prepared students for college-level course work.
In the national rankings, 500 high schools earned gold medals, 1,519 took home silver and 2,688 were awarded bronze.
Lee’s Summit West received a silver medal and was voted the 1,700-ranked high school in the nation.