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Orono High School earned its third national recognition and its highest ranking to date recently. Newsweek magazine placed OHS as second in Minnesota and 89th of the top 500 high schools in the nation in its ranking of America’s Top High Schools 2016 released August 11.
The latest honor for OHS follows a Gold Medal awarded in April by U.S. News & World Report. In its list of America’s Best High Schools, OHS placed fourth of the 760 public high schools in Minnesota. Nationally, Orono was 257th of more than 21,000 high schools nationwide or in the top 1.25 percent of America’s high schools.
OHS was also recognized in April by The Washington Post in April as one of America’s Most Challenging High Schools. OHS ranked seventh in Minnesota and 532nd nationally.
“These amazing achievements took years of thoughtful preparation to increase rigor in all courses, a committed faculty that embraces the best methods of teaching students and support from other students, parents and our community as a whole,” said Dr. Karen Orcutt, superintendent of schools.
“It’s important to highlight that, while the high school earns the distinction, it benefits from the dedicated staff in all of our programs and schools, from Early Learning to Orono Middle School,” Orcutt added. “They have helped prepare Orono High School students for the success they are now bringing to their high school.”
The Newsweek ranking incorporates some of the same data as the other awards and some different elements. The magazine first creates an achievement index based on performance indicators such as proficiency rates on standardized tests. High schools scoring at or above the 70th percentile make the first cut. The schools on that list are then ranked on a college readiness score comprised of six components: