Kennedy and Washington in Top 10 on Best High Schools List

April 28, 2017 01:00 PM

Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School is ranked second and Washington High School sixth on the 2017 prestigious US News and World Report’s Best High School Rankings for the State of Iowa.

The US News Rankings are the most rigorous school rankings, requiring schools to meet certain thresholds, including comparing student performance on state tests to the rest of the state, evaluating whether subgroups of students (racial and economic) were exceeding their peers in the state, the school’s graduation rate, and finally, the quantity and quality of student performance on AP exams. 

“We are proud of the work that is underway in all of our high schools and pleased to have Washington and Kennedy recognized with this acknowledgement,” said Dr. Brad Buck, Superintendent. “We are also excited to see growing student participation in the valuable activities that are not measured by this model, including all credit bearing courses, student internships, innovative programming such as Iowa BIG, and the High School Academies at Kirkwood’s Linn County Regional Center.”

“Kennedy is excited to be once again ranked by US News and World Report,” added Jason Kline, Kennedy Principal. “I am grateful to the exceptional educators, students, and families that make Kennedy a great place to learn.”

“Washington is the only highly diverse urban school to rank in the top ten in Iowa,” shared Dr. Carlos Grant, Washington Principal. “The staff, students, and families of Washington High School should be very proud of the hard work that has earned them this award. We are proud to be ranked once again by US News and World Report. This award is representative of the existing passion that drives high-level learning.”  

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