Kansas Citians again have reason to cheer Lincoln College Preparatory Academy.
U.S. News & World Report this week ranked it No. 1 among Missouri high schools for the second year in a row. The honor is well-deserved.
The magazine notes that 96 percent of the students participate in the International Baccalaureate coursework and exams at Lincoln. At the school, 62 percent of the students are females.
Students of color make up 89 percent of the enrollment of 896 at Lincoln. The graduation rate is 99 percent in the sixth- through 12th-grade school.
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What Mark T. Bedell needs to do as the incoming superintendent of Kansas City Public Schools is figure out what continues to make Lincoln so successful, and then replicate it at the districts other high schools, middle schools and elementary schools. Other superintendents have failed to do that.
Getting it to happen certainly would enable Kansas City Public Schools to rise from provisional accreditation to full accreditation. It also would make the 16,000-student district a more attractive option for students and parents than charter or private schools. Kansas City Public Schools would definitely enjoy a surge in students wanting to enroll.
In Kansas, Blue Valley North High School in Overland Park was ranked No. 1 in the state by U.S. News & World Report. The magazine notes that 54 percent of the students take Advanced Placement coursework and exams.
The school has an even split of male to female students with an enrollment of 1,536. Students of color make up 25 percent of the student body. Blue Valley North High, grades nine through 12, has a 97 percent graduation rate.
Other area schools made the top 10 list for Kansas. They were Blue Valley High, Blue Valley Southwest High, Olathe Northwest High, Blue Valley Northwest High, Blue Valley West High, De Soto High and Mill Valley High schools.
Rankings by the magazine includes data on more than 21,000 public high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Schools are ranked on state assessments, their performance, graduation rates and how well they prepare students for college.
Let’s hope that funding for education in Kansas is fully restored so that good teachers and the academically challenging curriculum will remain at the top performing schools and they won’t suffer from being cash starved by recalcitrant governor and state lawmakers.