In its annual ranking, U.S. News gave a silver rating to nine Twin Cites metro area high schools: Central High School (St. Paul), Patrick Henry High School (Minneapolis), South High School (Minneapolis), Edina High School, Hopkins High School, Irondale High School (New Brighton), Mounds View High School, Roseville High School,and Wayzata High School.
Other Minnesota high schools achieving a silver rating are Bemidji High School and Red Rock Central High School (Lamberton).
Overall, Minnesota ranked 31st in the U.S. News rankings. No Minnesota high schools achieved the gold ranking, and only 11 — 1.8 percent of the 604 schools rated — achieved a silver rating. Another 28 received bronze rankings. The numbers may be skewed by the difficulty of qualifying for “full analysis” – only 155 of the 604 Minnesota high schools had enough data available for full analysis by U.S. News raters. According to U.S. News:
U.S. News uses a three-step process that analyzes first how schools are educating all of their students, then their minority and disadvantaged students, and finally their collegebound students based on student scores on statewide tests, Advanced Placement tests, and International Baccalaureate tests.
The top honors – for the third year in a row – went to Alexandria, Virginia’s Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.