Palisade High makes list of best high schools

Palisade High School has been named the 40th-best high school in Colorado by U.S. News and World Report.

The school-, hospital- and car-ranking publication released its 2012 list Monday of the best high schools in the United States. Palisade ranked 40th in the state and 1,983rd in the nation.

Other District 51 high schools did not make the national list, which ranks 2,008 schools in 49 states and Washington, D.C. (Nebraska did not provide enough data to be included in the report, according to U.S. News and World Report’s website).

Only schools that appear in the national ranking are ranked at the state level. Colorado had 40 schools make the national list.

Schools made the list based on three criteria, according to U.S. News’ website. First, a school’s students had to perform better than the state average on standardized math and reading tests. Second, minority and low-income students at the school had to perform higher than the state average on the same tests. Finally, students had to have some of the best pass rates on Advanced Placement tests.

Data came primarily from the 2009–10 school year.

Aspen High School ranked first in Colorado. Dallas’ School for the Talented and Gifted topped the national ranking.


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