Matanzas High School Named One of Top High Schools in Nation

Monday, May 14, 2018 - 6:35pm

The US News and World Report annual ranking of top high schools across the country was released last week, and once again, Matanzas High School is featured on the list. This year, MHS garnered a Bronze Medal and is ranked 173rd in the state of Florida.

US News teamed up with RTI International, a global social science research firm based in North Carolina. Nearly 29,000 public high schools were reviewed and 20,548 high schools are included in this year’s ranking.

There is a four-step process involved. The first step is a look at how students performed against statistical expectations for students within their state, paying attention to reading and math scores. The second step took a closer look at how a school served their historically underserved students academically. Step three requires schools to meet or surpass a benchmark for their graduation rate. This year’s ranking examined the graduation rate of the 2016 cohort, which are students who entered ninth grade in the 2012-2013 school year. Schools must pass an 80 percent graduation rate or higher, which is 5 points higher than the 2017 rankings. The fourth and final step examines college-readiness performances, using Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) test data. The 2017 ranking did not include IB test data.

How were the Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals determined? The top 500 schools in the nation had the highest “College Readiness Index” (CRI) based on a schools AP or IB participation rate and the scores from those tests. Silver medals went to schools ranked 501-2,711. Bronze medals were given to the next 3,237 schools. According to the US News, “a bronze medal school either does not offer any AP or IB courses or its CRI was less than the median of 21.51 needed to receive a silver medal.” Matanzas’ CRI was 21.1.

Additional information, including the methodologies, can be found at: https://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/articles/rankings-methodologies