• Apr 25, 2017, 12:05am CDT  

    St. Louis Business Journal

    Twenty-four high schools across Missouri, including 19 in the St. Louis area, ranked among the best nationwide, according to a new U.S. News & World Report ranking.

    Those were among 41 that ranked best in the state of Missouri.

    In ranking 22,000 schools, U.S. News relied on students’ overall performance on state high school proficiency tests, disadvantaged students’ performance on those tests, graduation rate, and then Advanced Placement test data. That methodology served to show how well (or poorly) public high schools are serving all students, not just the high-performing ones.

    U.S. News recognizes high schools with gold, silver and bronze medals, with gold medals indicating the greatest level of college readiness. This year there are 6,041 medaled schools.

    Only two Missouri schools received gold medals in the ranking: Metro Academic and Classical High School, part of the St. Louis Public Schools, rated at No. 1 in Missouri and No. 133 nationwide; Ladue Horton Watkins High, part of the Ladue School District, came in at No. 2 in the state and No. 363 nationwide.

    Click through the slideshow above to see all the St. Louis-area schools that appear in U.S. News’ statewide and national ranking.

    On a state-by-state level, U.S. News said Missouri schools came in at No. 39, with 0.5 percent of its schools achieving gold medal status and 5.4 percent achieving silver medals.

    Maryland schools performed best by U.S. News’ measures, with 5.9 percent of its public schools achieving gold medals and 21.6 percent achieving silver medal status.

    U.S. News also separately ranked magnet schools, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) schools and charter schools.

    Only one Missouri school appeared in the U.S. News ranking of magnet schools nationwide: Metro Academic and Classical High School in St. Louis came in at No. 38, up from its No. 50 ranking in 2016. Repeating last year’s performance as the nation’s top magnet school is the School for the Talented and Gifted in Dallas.

    Among STEM schools ranked by the publication, only one Missouri school was ranked — Ladue Horton Watkins, at No. 180, up from No. 188 in last year’s ranking. The national STEM list evaluated student’s participation and success in Advanced Placement science and math tests. High Technology High School in Lincroft, New Jersey, ranked No. 1 nationwide this year as well as last year.

    No Missouri schools ranked among the top charter schools nationally. BASIS Scottsdale in Arizona came in at No. 1 nationwide this year, as it did last year.

    Illinois schools tied at No. 22 with Pennsylvania in the state-by-state rankings. As far as individual Metro East schools, Carlinville High School ranked No. 77 in the state and No. 2317 nationwide, with a silver medal. Each with bronze medals, Highland High School ranked No. 91 in Illinois and Belleville High School West ranked No. 100 statewide.

    To see all of the U.S. News & World Report high school rankings, go here.

    Click here for slideshow.