Bainbridge High School Ranks Among U.S. News & World Report’s Gold-medal Schools in 2016

Bainbridge High School #5 in Washighington State in 2016

Of nearly 20,000 eligible public high schools, U.S. News ranked Bainbridge High School No. 274 in the nation; BHS is among the top five high schools in Washington state

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WASH. – When U.S. News & World Report revealed their 2016 list of best high schools last week, Bainbridge High School (BHS) stood among the nation’s top performers. The recipient of a national gold medal from U.S. News, BHS now ranks No. 5 in Washington state, ascending from two consecutive years at No. 7. Of nearly 20,000 public high schools nationwide, BHS ranks No. 274, a move up from No. 321 last year. BHS also earned a national STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) ranking of No. 154 for student participation and performance on Advanced Placement (AP) math and science exams.

“We are truly honored to be featured as one of the top schools in Washington and the nation by U.S. News & World Report,” said BHS Principal Duane Fish. “Our students, staff and families continue to dedicate themselves toward making the high school experience at Bainbridge High School second to none for every student. It takes all stakeholders working closely together to build a culture focused on providing a high school experience that gives every student the opportunity to find their sense of purpose and that’s precisely what we’re doing. I couldn’t be prouder of our progress and collective achievement. Go Spartans!”

U.S. News & World Report awarded gold, silver and bronze medals to more than 6,218 schools—each of which graduates students at rates 15 percent higher, on average, than other schools nationwide. Gold medals indicate schools with the greatest level of college readiness. To receive a state ranking, a school had to win a gold or silver medal.

Here are Washington’s top-ranked schools along with the medal earned and national standing:

  1. Aviation High School, Tukwila – Gold, #132
  2. Newport Senior High School, Bellevue – Gold, #159
  3. International Community School, Kirkland – Gold, #178
  4. Bellevue High School, Bellevue – Gold, #202
  5. Bainbridge High School, Bainbridge Island – Gold, #274
  6. Roosevelt High School, Seattle – Gold, # 332
  7. Garfield High School, Seattle – Silver, #532
  8. Mercer Island High School – Silver, #654
  9. Ingraham High School, Seattle – Silver, #681
  10. Shorecrest High School, Shoreline – Silver, #856

U.S. News & World Report and North Carolina-based research firm RTI International started their study with 28,561 public high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. After eliminating schools too small to analyze, they employed the following four-step process to determine the best of 19,908 eligible schools.

  1. Studied math and reading portions of state proficiency tests to determine whether each school’s students were performing better than statistically expected for students statewide.
  2. Assessed whether the school’s disadvantaged students outperformed disadvantaged students in the state.
  3. New this year: Assessed whether schools met or surpassed a basic benchmark for their graduation rate.
  4. For schools that made it past the first three steps, this step reviewed student participation in and performance on AP or International Baccalaureate exams to assess the degree to which schools were preparing students for college-level work.

Learn more about the methodology and see the full list of national and state rankings here.

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