• By Kristen Taketa St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Two St. Louis Public Schools — Metro Academic and Classical High School and McKinley Classical Leadership Academy — are ranked among the top 10 public high schools in Missouri by the U.S. News and World Report, which released its annual high school rankings this week.

    Meanwhile, two high schools in Missouri — Metro and Ladue Horton Watkins High — ranked in the top 500 public high schools in the country.

    Out of the 10 highest-ranked public high schools in Missouri, nine are in the St. Louis area. Most of them are in the suburbs. Metro and McKinley are city magnet schools, which means they selectively admit students and draw students from the suburbs.

    Compared to other states, Missouri ranked 39th in its percentage of public high schools that earned a high ranking.

    Here are the 10 top-ranked public high schools in Missouri:

    1. Metro (St. Louis)

    2. Ladue Horton Watkins High

    3. Clayton High

    4. Lafayette High (Rockwood)

    5. Kirkwood High

    6. Park Hill High

    7. Marquette High (Rockwood)

    8. Lindbergh High

    9. McKinley Classical Leadership Academy (St. Louis)

    10. Francis Howell High