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U.S. News and World Reportmagazine recognized Carroll County High School as one of the nation’s best high schools in its fourth annual ranking of public high schools throughout the United States. The magazine named Carroll County High School a Bronze Medal School, using comparative data from nearly 22,000 public high schools.
“We’re better than bronze,” joked John Leeper, principal of Carroll County High School, to the audience at the Carrollton Rotary Club’s annual Academic Awards Banquet on May 9, when he made the announcement. “At first I thought [the magazine] offered a bronze award to all schools. Then when I started researching, I realized we really do have a lot to be proud of.”
Kentucky had five Gold Medal Schools, which ranked among the top 500 nationally, and 13 Silver Medal Schools. Carroll County High School is among the 40 Bronze Medal Schools in Kentucky.
“A great high school must serve all of its students well, not just those who are college-bound,” said the magazine’s publishers in a news release about the rankings.
U.S. News and World Reportpartnered with the Washington, D.C.-based American Institutes for Research (AIR), which implemented the magazine’s rankings methodology. The rankings formula identifies schools that were performing better than statistical expectations, performing better than the state average among disadvantaged groups, and successfully preparing students for college, based on Advanced Placement participation and pass rates.
“To receive two national recognitions in one month shows that Carroll County Schools are on the right track,” said Lisa James, superintendent of the Carroll County School District.
The National School Boards Association ranked Carroll County School District fifth in the nation among small school districts in the Digital School Districts Survey.
Other area schools recognized on the Best High Schools List were: South Oldham High School, Beechwood High School and Highlands High School, which received gold medals; Ludlow High School and Williamstown High School, which received silver medals; and Eminence High School and Grant County High School, which earned Bronze medals.
Jeff Fremin is director of public relations for Carroll County Public Schools.