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SCHS recognized on annual list of best high schools in U.S.

May 15, 2018 – Sequatchie County High School was recognized recently in an annual report of the best high schools in the country.

SCHS received a Bronze Medal in U.S. News & World Report's annual ranking this week of public high schools in the United States.

Using statistics gleaned in the 2015-16 school year, the magazine gave 500 high schools a “Gold Medal” ranking, an additional 2,211 a “Silver Medal,” and 3,237 a “Bronze Medal.”

Out of the roughly 24,000 public high schools in the U.S., 5,948 were eligible for ranking according to the criteria used. That places Sequatchie County High School among the top one-fourth high schools in the nation.

To produce the 2018 Best High Schools rankings, U.S. News & World Report teamed with North Carolina-based RTI International, a global nonprofit social science research firm,” the website states.

Their criteria was a four-step screening process based on:

  1. Whether students were performing better than statistically expected for students in that state.
  2. Whether historically underserved students – black, Hispanic, and low-income – performed at or better than the state average for historically underserved students.
  3. Graduation rate – If 80 percent or more of first-time ninth-graders were awarded diplomas four years later.
  4. College readiness – The percentage of seniors taking Advanced Placement courses.