(BANGOR) Seventeen Maine schools have appeared on the 2015 U.S. News and World Report’s list of best high schools in the country. Five of the schools listed were not listed last year.
According to the national media company which specializes in news, consumer advice and ranking’s, The list is based on the performance of all students on state assessments in reading and math; the performance of disadvantaged students (minority students and those that qualify for free and reduced lunch) on these assessments; and the degree to which high schools prepare students for college by offering a college-level curriculum.
The list released Tuesday was compiled using data from the 2012-2013 school year.
Brewer High School, which did not make the 2014 list, jumped to 669 in the national rankings and No. 5 in Maine. Other schools that earned a new spot on the list include Boothbay Region High School, Gorham High School, Sanford High School and Madawaska Midde/High School.
Schools on the list, in order of their rank in Maine are Yarmouth High School, Falmouth High School, Cape Elizabeth High School, Wells High School, Brewer High School, Camden Hills Regional High School, York High School, Greely High School, Boothbay Region High School, Bangor High School, Scarborough High School, Gorham High School, Hampden Academy, Presque Isle High School, Madawaska Middle/High School, Mt. Desert Island High School and Sanford High School.
Almost 3-thousand schools appeared on the U.S News & World Report List.
Yarmouth, Falmouth and Cape Elizabeth each received “gold medals” from the publication. The rest of the Maine schools on the list received “silver.”
More information about the rankings or to review the national state list, visit usnews.com/education/best-high-schools.