South Oldham High earns two national rankings for top high schools

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By The Staff

South Oldham High School was named the state’s second-best public high school on the U.S. News and World Report’s annual rankings, just behind duPont Manual in Louisville.

SOHS is ranked 406th nationally on the report.

U.S. News and World Reports evaluated more than 21,000 public high schools in 49 states and the District of Columbia. Schools were awarded gold, silver or bronze medals based on state proficiency standards and how well they prepare students for college.

SOHS earned a gold medal for its performance. In 2009, the school earned a silver medal.

The comprehensive rankings methodology is based on the key principles that a great high school must serve all of its students well, not just those who are college-bound, and that it must be able to produce measurable academic outcomes to show the school is successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators.

Rankings include performance on common core assessments and Advanced Placement availability and performance.

The School for the Talented and Gifted in the Dallas Independent School District retained its first-place ranking overall. BASIS Tucson (Arizona), Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology (Georgia), Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (Virginia) and BASIS Scottsdale (Arizona) round out the nation’s top five.

Earlier this month, SOHS was also named to The Washington Post’s Most Challenging High School rankings.

The Post ranks SOHS No. 4 in Kentucky behind duPont Manual, Highlands in Fort Thomas and Martha Layne Collins in Shelbyville.

America’s Most Challenging High Schools ranks schools through an index formula that’s a simple ratio: the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year.

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