Once again, Harlan High School has been recognized as one of America’s Best High Schools by U.S. News & World Report.
Making the jump from bronze to silver medal status, Harlan High School is among the top 10 percent of all high schools across the U.S. to be awarded the silver medal. Harlan High School was also rated among the top 10 percent of Kentucky high schools ranking, 31st out of the 376 high schools rated by U.S. News and World Report.
Harlan High School had received the bronze medal recognition for eight out of the last nine years before making the jump to silver medal status in 2016.
According to Superintendent C.D. Morton, “We are very excited about this recognition and believe it’s a testament to the focus that takes place all across our district. Being a small district creates some challenges for us at times, however we believe the indicators speak for themselves. We want every child to get the very best education possible. It’s very rewarding to talk to college kids who feel like they were well prepared for the level of work taking place on college campuses.”
In a major change to the Best High Schools rankings methodology, U.S. News has added a new step (third step) this year focused on graduation rates. The first step determined whether each school’s students were performing better than statistically expected for students in that state. The second step assessed whether their disadvantaged students — black, Hispanic and low-income — were outperforming disadvantaged students in the state. Schools that made it through the first three steps became eligible to be judged nationally on the final step — college-readiness performance — using Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate test data as the benchmark for success, depending on which program was largest at the school.
“In the midst of so many challenges at the local level, we sometimes forget what a great job our schools are doing to help prepare students to compete on a national level. Our students are among the nation’s very best,” stated Harlan High School Principal Britt Lawson.
To find our more about the selection and methodology, visit http://tinyurl.com/hp3gcg4.