by Valerie Verkamp
There are high marks for Park Hill schools in rankings put together by U.S. News & World Report, which ranked the top high schools around the nation.
Park Hill High School is ranked as the 6th best high school in Missouri and 749th nationally. Park Hill South is ranked 13th in the state and 1,648th nationally by the publication.
Another of the five high schools in Platte County also ranked high--West Platte came in at 33rd on the list in the state of Missouri.
North Platte earned a bronze medal without a specific state ranking.
Lastly, Platte County High School did not receive a ranking because it did not qualify for a gold, silver or bronze medal.
U.S. News & World Report is a media company that publishes news, opinion, consumer advice, rankings, and analysis. It was founded as a newsweekly magazine in 1933, U.S. News transitioned to primarily web-based publishing in 2010.
Park Hill’s strong showing pleased school officials.
“This kind of national recognition not only validates the hard work our high school teachers and support staff do every day, it also shows how much our elementary
and middle schools do to prepare our students for future success. We are proud to be able to provide the kind of excellence our community expects here in the Park Hill School District,” said Dr. Jeanette Cowherd, superintendent.
In Missouri, 146 schools are ranked among the 2017 U.S. News & Word Report’s Best High Schools, including two schools with gold medals, 22 with silver medals and 122 with bronze medals.
One of Missouri's top-ranked high schools is Metro Academic and Classical High School in St. Louis. It has been named a “Gold Medal” secondary school.
For their high finishes in the rankings, Park High and Park Hill South were both named “Silver Medal” schools by U.S. News & World Report.
The medals showcase schools that are most successfully preparing students for their higher education. The rankings are based on students taking and achieving passing scores on Advanced Placement tests. Award winning schools must also have high graduation rates and students must earn good scores on statewide tests.
The Advanced Placement participation rate at Park Hill is 60 percent. Among those students participating in the exam, 77 percent passed at least one exam. Accordingly, 49.1 percent of seniors are ready for college.
Seventy-four percent of students at Park Hill scored at a proficient or advanced level in mathematics and 81 percent scored at a proficient or advanced level in English.
A fewer number of students at Park Hill South High School participated in Advanced Placement exams. Of the 41 percent of students who took the exam, 75 percent passed at least one exam.
Seventy-five percent of the participants scored a proficient or advanced level in mathematics and 83 percent scored at a proficient or advanced level in English.
For a school to be eligible to receive a top-performing rating, it must also have a high graduation rate. Park Hill has a 94 percent graduation rate and Park Hill South has a 95 percent graduation rate. Both are higher than the national average.
West Platte has a 96% graduation rate. Of the 26% of students who took the Advanced Placement exams, 43% passed at least one exam.
North Platte in Dearborn were nationally recognized as “Bronze Medal” schools in the rankings by the publication.