Henrico County high schools ranked among best in the commonwealth, nation

Henrico County high schools have again been ranked among the best in the nation and Virginia by U.S. News & World Report. 
Of the 330 Virginia high schools ranked by the magazine, HCPS placed three in the top 50 and five in the top 100. Deep Run was ranked the No. 10 high school in the commonwealth, while Mills Godwin, Glen Allen, Douglas Freeman and J.R. Tucker were Nos. 33, 41, 71 and 97, respectively. All five schools were ranked in the top quarter of high schools nationally.
This year the magazine changed the way it ranks high schools. Besides using a revamped methodology, it ranked more schools. Previously only a small percentage of high schools qualified to be ranked. This year the magazine ranked 17,245 of the 23,000 public high schools they examined. Schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia were part of the process.
The rankings look at data from the 2016-17 school year and incorporate six elements:
  • College readiness, based on proportions of 12th-grade students who took and passed Advanced Placement and/or International Baccalaureate exams.
  • The breadth of a school’s college curriculum, based on proportions of 12th-grade students who took and passed AP and/or IB exams in multiple content areas.
  • Math and reading performance, based on whether a school’s performance on state tests exceeded expectations, given the school’s proportion of underserved students.
  • How underserved students did on state tests, based on how a school’s black, Hispanic and low-income students performed compared with state students who aren’t underserved.
  • Graduation rates. This is based on the proportion of students who entered ninth grade in 2012-13 and graduated four years later. 
For the full rankings and to learn more about the methodology of the rankings, go to https://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/articles/us-news-ranks-best-high-schools.
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