The academic success of high schools in DeSoto County is again being recognized on a national scale.
The publication U.S. News and World Report has released its latest Best High Schools rankings and Lewisburg High School earned what the magazine termed a “silver” badge among the top schools in the country.
Lewisburg was ranked second behind Ocean Springs as the best Mississippi high schools, according to the report. Petal High School was also awarded a silver badge.
In the report, U.S. News routinely identifies the country's top-performing public high schools to provide a clear, unbiased picture of how well public schools serve all of their students – from the highest to lowest achieving – in preparing them to demonstrate proficiency in basic skills as well as readiness for college-level work. Supt. Corey Uselton said national accolades validate the hard work taking place at every level in the district.
“We are excited that Lewisburg High School received a silver medal, and that four other high schools (DeSoto Central, Olive Branch, Center Hill, and Hernando) received bronze medals from the U.S. News and World Report,” Uselton said. “With five high schools in the top 13 high schools in the state, this is a testament to the hard work of our teachers, students, administrators, and staff.” As part of the rankings, the U.S. News and World report checks to see if students exceeded expectations in their states, if underserved students performed better than the state average, if student graduation rates met a threshold and if students were prepared for college-level coursework, as indicated by participation in and passage of Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate.
Lewisburg’s Advanced Placement participation is at 43 percent, according to the report. The top 500 high schools earned the Gold designation, about 2 percent, for highest college readiness. Silver designation is awarded to high-performing schools, about 11 percent, based on lower college readiness, and Bronze designation is based on state exam performance, about 16 percent of high schools.
Bob Bakken is Staff Writer and may be reached at 662-429-6397 ext. 240.