Northeast Iowa high schools among state's top in US News rankings

Jericho High School made the U.S. News

Jericho High School made the U.S. News & World Report's 2018"Best High Schools rankings coming in 98th nationally

"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", Narayan said.

U.S. News and World Report ranks Walter Payton College Prep as the No. 1 high school in the state.

The magazine started by evaluating more than 28,800 traditional and charter public high schools across the USA but eliminated about 8,000 because they were too small to be ranked, according to a magazine spokeswoman. The school is located in Lafayette. Instead, she said, the school takes a "holistic" approach, with a classical education style, that has the added benefit of preparing students for standardized assessments. Magnet high schools are public schools that attract top-rated students in a region.

Among other Tri-Cities schools, Geneva High School in School District 304 placed 44th on the list. Only 2 percent of schools in the country, including Ottawa Hills, received a gold star.

"The first three steps ensured that the schools serve all of their students well, using their performance on the math and reading parts of their state proficiency tests and their graduation rates as the benchmarks", according to the methodology explained on the publication's website.

The magazine reported that 70 percent of all seniors at Lenox Memorial passed at least one Advanced Placement course.

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PMSA's student body is 47 percent low-income, 94 percent minority, 39 percent male and 61 percent female.

"The hard work, dedication, and commitment to high-quality education that is shown on a daily basis as you walk through the hallways and classrooms of both our high schools are what makes Sylvania an wonderful place to call home and raise a family", he said.

An analysis of how states compare in the national rankings shows that MA came out on top.

The annual report was released Wednesday.

The charter group operates 21 schools in the state, three of them in Scottsdale.

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