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How Northern Kentucky High Schools Rank in Latest U.S. News List

U.S. News & World Report is out with its latest rankings of American high schools and in Kentucky, two of the top ten are found in Northern Kentucky.

While Louisville's DuPont Manual was ranked first, Highlands and Beechwood followed at second and third.

Ryle ranked eleventh and Campbell County was twelfth. 

Overall, Kentucky ranked sixteenth in the nation in the percentage of schools recognized with a gold or silver medal.

"Top-ranked schools succeed in three main areas: exceeding expectations on state proficiency tests, offering challenging coursework and graduating their students," said Anita Narayan, managing editor of Education at U.S. News. "We encourage parents to use the Best High Schools rankings and data to research which schools in their state and nationwide are ensuring students are well-equipped for the future."

The rankings evaluate more than 20,500 public high schools nationwide to identify schools that best serve all of their students – including historically underserved populations – and assess the degree to which students are prepared for college-level coursework.

Here is where Northern Kentucky schools fell on the list (some districts are ranked with numbers and medal categories, while others are simply noted) of 281 Kentucky high schools:

Gold Medal

#2 Highlands High School (#308 in national rankings)

#3 Beechwood High School (#353 in national rankings)

Silver Medal

#11 Ryle High School (#1,099 in national rankings)

#12 Campbell County (#1,108 in national rankings)

#22 Conner High School (#1,857 in national rankings)

#35 Williamstown High School (#2,562 in national rankings)

#36 Boone County High School (#2,575 in national rankings)

Bronze Medal

#66 Ludlow High School

Bellevue High School

Dayton High School

Walton-Verona High School

Other Schools Evaluated (alphabetically):

Boone County Alternative

Cooper High School

Dixie Heights High School

Gallatin County High School

Grant County High School

Holmes High School

Lloyd High School

Newport High School

Pendleton County High School

Scott High School

Simon Kenton High School

(Silver Grove High School was not included in the analysis.)

See the full Kentucky report here and the methodology here.

-Staff report

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