US NEWS & WORLD REPORT HAVE COME OUT WITH THEIR 2018 NATIONAL SCHOOL RANKINGS THIS WEEK AND THREE WASHINGTON HIGH SCHOOLS RANKED AMONG THE TOP 100 IN THE NATION.

Bellevue, WA – After evaluating over 20, 500 public high schools U.S. News compiled their list of the best in the country – those that best served all students and excelled at college readiness, ie whether graduating students were prepared for college-level work. In total, nine Washington schools received a gold medal, 38 received silver, and 41 schools received bronze. The Bellevue School District was at the top in the “gold” rankings with three out of nine gold school medals.

TOP 1O HIGH SCHOOLS

1. International School​​​​​​​Bellevue School District

2. International Community School

Kirkland, Lake Washington School District

3. Harrison Preparatory School

Lakewood, Clover Park School District

4. Aviation High School

Tukwila

5. Interlake Senior High School

Bellevue School District

6. Bellevue High School

Bellevue School District

7. Roosevelt High School

Seattle School District

8. Bainbridge High School

Bainbridge Island School District

9. Mercer Island High School

Mercer Island School District

10. Garfield High School

Seattle School District

​​​​​​​(Silver Medal Winner)

RANKINGS WERE DETERMINED USING A VARIETY OF DATA, INCLUDING THE COMMON CORE OF DATA, COLLEGE BOARD AND THE INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE PROGRAMS.

TOP-RANKED SCHOOLS SUCCEED IN THREE MAIN AREAS: EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS ON STATE PROFICIENCY TESTS, OFFERING CHALLENGING COURSEWORK AND GRADUATING THEIR STUDENTS.

- ANITA NARAYAN, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION AT U.S. NEWS

Partnering with the research firm RTI International, U.S. News used a four-step process: First, they determined whether students were performing better than statistically expected in the state and, secondly, whether minority students were performing at or better than the state average for minority students. The third step required schools to meet or surpass a certain graduation benchmark and the final step was to determine college readiness.

The Top 10 high school nationally, include six from Arizona, while Washington State’s highest ranked school, Bellevue’s International School, came in at No. 18.

​​​​​​​For the full list and more information on the ranking data, Click here.