Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Another magazine ranks Sumner Academy #1 in Kansas; #64 in the nation

By NICK SLOAN, nick@kansascitykansan.com

No, this isn't a misprint or a "re-post."

Another national publication has named Sumner Academy the #1 school in the State of Kansas.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Sumner Academy #1 in its Best High Schools in Kansas list. Blue Valley North, Blue Valley Northwest and Blue Valley High School filled out the Top 4.

As with The Washington Post list, Sumner Academy was the only Wyandotte County school to make the list. Sumner was also ranked 64th in the nation and received a "gold" rating.

Here's some background on how the U.S. News & World Report ranking works:
The 2013 U.S. News Best High Schools, available exclusively online, includes school-specific data on enrollment, location, ethnicity, school type, state assessment proficiency tests, and Advanced Placement® and International Baccalaureate tests. Using some of this data and a comprehensive methodology, the schools were given a college readiness index score and then numerically ranked and awarded Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals.

To produce the 2013 U.S. News Best High Schools, U.S. News teamed up with the Washington, D.C.-based American Institutes for Research (AIR), one of the largest behavioral and social science research organizations in the world. AIR implemented U.S. News' comprehensive rankings methodology, which reflects how well high schools serve all of their students, not just those who are planning to go to college.