May 11, 2018
Wakulla High School earned Silver Medal status according to the recent U.S. News and World Report rankings called “The 2018 Best Public High Schools in the U.S.”
Only 11% of the 20,500 public high schools in the United States earned the distinction of being awarded a Silver Medal ranking. Just 2% earned Gold Medal status, and 16% were named Bronze Medalists.
WHS placed 2,517 out of the 20,500 schools, putting it in the top 12% of public high schools in the country.
High schools were awarded gold, silver or bronze medals based on their performance in four areas:
· WHS exceeded state expectations on standardized state tests such as the Florida Standards Assessments (FSA).
· Underrepresented students performed above the state averages on standardized state tests. This category included smaller groups within the total population such as minority students and students from low-income families.
· The Graduation Rate had to be above 80%. Wakulla High’s Class of 2017 had a Graduation Rate of 92.4%.
· WHS students showed College Readiness through participation in Advanced Placement courses and passing AP standardized exams.
The U.S. News and World Report annually awards the top 5,948 public high schools with gold, silver or bronze medals, indicating their level of college readiness. Of the nation’s public high schools, 14,552 (71%) did not meet the U.S. News and World Report standards for earning medals.
The report also shows Wakulla High School ranked 167 out of the 762 public high schools in Florida, putting WHS in the top 22% of public high schools in the state.
“This is a report that has been in existence for a long time. While our aim is not for recognition or ranking, The U.S. News report has many of the same standards that we use to constantly improve on a Wakulla public school education,” says Superintendent Bobby Pearce.
Adds WHS Principal Mike Barwick, “Staying focused on graduating all of our seniors with the skills to succeed in careers, college, the military – whatever they choose, is what this WHS faculty and staff is all about.”