By: Carlissia Mayancela/Junior Writer
Blue Ridge High School is the number one ranked high school in Susquehanna County, according to high school rankings by U.S. News & World Report.
In Susquehanna County, Blue Ridge High School and Montrose Junior/Senior High School led the way. Blue Ridge is 185/665; Montrose is 226/665.
The remaining county schools are ranked as follows: Elk Lake, 507-665/665; Forest City Regional High School, 301/665; Mountain View, 274/665 and Susquehanna Community Schools at 361/665.
U.S. News and World Report is America’s oldest and best-known annual ranker of academic institutions. The publication reviewed nearly 25,000 U.S. public high school, including 4,299 Pennsylvania schools. Of those Pennsylvania schools, 665 made the rankings.
How Rankings Are Determined
According to Robert Morse, chief data strategist for U.S. News, and Robert Brooks, principal data analysist of U.S. News, the highest ranked U.S. public schools “are those whose students demonstrated outstanding outcomes above expectations in math, reading and science state assessments, earned qualifying scores in an array of college-level exams, and graduated in high proportions.”
U.S. News and World Report uses six ranking indicators: college readiness; college curriculum breadth; state assessment proficiency; state assessment performance; underserved student performance and graduation rate.
In response to Blue Ridge High School’s ranking, Matthew Nebzydoski, BR principal of curriculum, says: “We can be proud of this ranking, especially because we have a relatively high percentage of low income students.”
Most small high schools with a relatively high percentage of low income students perform poorly and have lower graduation rates; however, says Nebzydoski, “we have higher graduation rates and offer more Advanced Placement courses for students than some other area schools.”
The AP courses are open to any student, “it doesn’t matter the background of the students as long as they are willing to do the work,” he says.
To read more about the U.S. News and World Report’s ranking methodology, see: https://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/articles/how-us-news-calculated-the-rankings
To see how other schools across the country are ranked, see U.S. News and Word Report: https://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/national-rankings