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  2:02 p.m. April 24, 2016
Four Knox County high schools make U.S. News and World Report rankings

The U.S. News and World Report has named four Knox County high schools in its 2016 U.S. News Best High Schools ranking. The four school were ranked higher than 2,763 other high schools in the nation. Of the Tennessee schools on the list, six were awarded gold medals and 21 earned silver medals.

L&N STEM Academy ranked number 6 state-wide and number 341 nationally, earning a gold medal.

Earning silver medals were: Farragut High School, ranked number 13 state-wide and number 1483 nationally; Hardin Valley Academy, ranked number 18 state-wide and number 1744 nationally; and Bearden High School, ranked number 23 state-wide and number 2066 nationally.

To make the list, a high school must serve all of its students, not just those who are college bound, well. It must be able to produce measurable academic outcomes to show it is successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators—to determine the rankings. High schools were also required to meet or exceed a national standard high school graduation rate and were assessed on the degree to which a school’s students were prepared for college-level work (known as the College Readiness Index) before it could be considered a top-performing school and be ranked at the national level. The gold, silver, and bronze medal rankings were based on the state assessment performances, graduation rates, and student college readiness of more than 21,000 public high schools across our 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Published April 24, 2016

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