For the second year in a row four Ann Arbor Public Schools have received medals in the US News and World Report’s annual high school rankings. Community, Huron, Pioneer, and Skyline High Schools each claimed silver medals in the 2015 rankings.
“The U.S. News and World Reports designation of Community, Huron, Pioneer and Skyline as Best High Schools confirms the top quality learning experience and rigorous programming characteristic of our quality Ann Arbor Public Schools. We are especially proud of our students, staff, and the Ann Arbor community as these awards reflect yet another measure of our exceptional Ann Arbor Public Schools community,” states Superintendent Jeanice Swift.
Pioneer High School placed 20th in Michigan in the latest rankings. The school has been in the top 20 every year since U.S News and World Reports resumed publishing high school rankings in 2012.
Skyline High School ranked 21st in Michigan, Huron High School placed 33rd, and Community High School ranked 67th in the state.
Huron High School Principal Jennifer Hein says the high level of excellence speaks to the quality of teaching and learning taking place every day in our classrooms. “The AAPS comprehensive high schools provide top-notch opportunities for our most accelerated students, along with academic supports and differentiation for students who may not be achieving at higher levels. Our goal is for all of our students to be increasing their level of high school achievement, so that there are multiple options in the post-secondary world,” Hein says.
The 2015 rankings include data on more than 21,150 public high schools. In this year’s edition of Best High Schools, 6,517 schools received medals
This year the US News and World Report rankings are based on a three-step process. The initial phase evaluated math and reading results of all students on high school proficiency tests. The second step focused on if a school’s African-American, Hispanic, and low-income students scored better than the state average for these populations. Schools must be above average on the first two phases to reach the third part of the process. This phase focused on college readiness, using Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate test scores.