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Central, South, North and West high schools named ‘Best High Schools’ by U.S. News & World Report

4/27/2021 -- Parkway’s four high schools - Central, North, South and West high schools - were named among the country’s "2021 Best High Schools" by U.S. News & World Report. Each high school is ranked in the top 7% of schools in Missouri.

To see the full list for Missouri, click here.

High schools are ranked by college readiness, math and reading proficiency, math and reading performance, underserved student performance, college curriculum breadth and graduation rate.

The Best High Schools are determined by: 

  • College Readiness 30% - The proportions of 12th graders who took and earned a qualifying score on at least one AP or IB exam. Earning a qualifying score is worth three times more than just taking. 
  • Math and Reading Proficiency 20% - Aggregated scores on state assessments that students may be required to pass for graduation. 
  • Math and Reading Performance 20% - How aggregated scores on state assessments compare with U.S. News' expectations given the proportions of students who are Black, Hispanic and from low-income households. 
  • Underserved Student Performance 10% - Scores on state assessments aggregated just among students who are Black, Hispanic and from low-income households. These scores are compared with what is typical in the state for non-undeserved students, with parity or higher being the goal. 
  • College Curriculum Breadth 10% - The proportions of 12th-graders who took and earned a qualifying score on AP and IB exams in multiple areas. More exams are valued more than fewer exams up to a maximum of four. Earning a qualifying score on an exam is worth three times more than taking. 
  • Graduation Rate 10% - The proportion of entering ninth-graders who graduated four academic years later.