The annual Best High Schools Rankings by U.S. News & World Report have a new wrinkle this year. The digital news and information company now ranks public high schools within each metropolitan area across the nation.
“We’ve heard from students, parents and school officials that they’re interested in seeing how their school compares with others in the community,” Robert Morse, chief data strategist at U.S. News, said in a statement. “With these new rankings, residents in more than 900 metro areas nationwide can see which local schools are succeeding at educating and graduating their students.”
For its 2019 rankings, U.S. News included all public high schools in the nation with a 12th-grade enrollment of 15 students or more, or that had a sufficient number of students in other grades to be analyzed. (Get a closer look at the methodology here) That comes to 17,245 public high schools in this year’s ranking — up from the 2,700 schools that were ranked last year.
The organization measured schools using six factors, including college readiness as measured by 12th-graders who took and passed AP and IB exams, math and reading proficiency, graduation rates, and the performance of black, Hispanic and low-income students.
For the Tampa Bay area, the ranking included schools in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando counties — 67 in all. So which local schools fared best in the first year of this ranking? We listed the top 25 below. See the entire Tampa Bay area list here.
1. Plant High
3. Newsome High
4. Sickles High
15. Middleton High
17. King High
18. Alonso High
21. Sunlake High
22. Riverview High
25. River Ridge High