Kansas City area school officials on Tuesday had reason to be excited.
U.S. News & World Report ranked Lincoln College Preparatory Academy the best high school in Missouri and the 67th best in the country. Park Hill High School in Kansas City, North, ranked sixth in the state and Staley High School in Kansas City ranked 10th in Missouri.
In Kansas, De Soto High School ranked fourth in the state. Rock Creek Junior/Senior High School in St. George, Kan., ranked No. 1 in the state. And that’s despite the budget crisis in Kansas.
U.S. News & World Report analyzed data from 21,150 public high schools to develop the rankings. “The School for the Talented and Gifted in Dallas, Texas, earns the No. 1 spot nationally for the fourth straight year, followed by BASIS Scottsdale in Arizona at No. 2 and Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia, at No. 3,” the magazine said in a prepared statement.
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The analysis includes enrollment; diversity; participation in free and reduced-price lunch programs; and the results of state assessments, advanced placement and International Baccalaureate tests.
Lincoln Prep has consistently been ranked high by U.S. News & World report. Close to 1,000 students are enrolled in sixth to 12th grades.
It is a diverse student body: 402 are African Americans; 102 are white; 245 Latino; 50 Asian Americans; two Native Americans; and 12 multiethnic. A Kansas City school district release also noted that 72 percent of the students are from economically disadvantaged homes. But the students do outstandingly well academically.
Kansas City Public Schools just needs to replicate the academic accomplishments at Lincoln Prep at its other schools.