Shorecrest, Shorewood ranked among Best High Schools by U.S. News

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Shorecrest cafeteria and 2nd floor hallway
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Shorecrest and Shorewood High School have been awarded a silver medal for for U.S. News and World Report's 2014 ranking of the Best High Schools. 

Shorecrest is ranked 19th and Shorewood 24th in Washington by U.S. News out of 480 high schools in the state. Shorecrest and Shorewood will receive silver medal status for their academic achievement. U.S. News awarded gold, silver, and bronze medals to the top-performing schools in the country.

Shorewood classroom wing

To produce the 2014 U.S. News and World Report rankings, U.S. News teamed up with the Washington, D.C.-based American Institutes for Research, one of the largest behavioral and social science research organizations in the world.

AIR implemented the U.S. News comprehensive rankings methodology, which is based on the key principles that a great high school must serve all of its students well, not just those who are college bound, and that it must be able to produce measurable academic outcomes to show the school is successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators.

A three-step process determined the Best High Schools. The first two steps ensured that the schools serve all of their students well, using performance on state proficiency tests as the benchmarks. For those schools that made it past the first two steps, a third step assessed the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work.

High schools that made it through this analysis were then eligible to be ranked nationally, in terms of college readiness. U.S. News determines the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work by analyzing student success in Advanced Placement (AP) which include college-level courses. Shorecrest and Shorewood will offer 19 AP courses to students for 2014-15. 


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