VBCPS - Charting the Course
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Rosemary Gladden
Date: 04/26/17 Phone: 757.263.1229
News Release No. 062 Fax: 757.263.1010
Email: rosemary.gladden@vbschools.com

Virginia Beach schools among best in state according to U.S. News & World Report

Six of Virginia Beach City Public Schools’ (VBCPS) 11 comprehensive high schools are among Virginia’s top performing schools, according to the 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings of America’s best high schools released yesterday. The annual rankings are based on high performance on state proficiency tests in mathematics and reading; higher than average performance on those tests by economically disadvantaged students; graduation rates of 75 percent or higher; and college readiness indicators based on the number of students participating in advanced placement (AP) exams.

The VBCPS schools that made the 2017 list are:

  • Princess Anne High School, ranked 31;
  • First Colonial High School, ranked 37;
  • Ocean Lakes High School, ranked 38;
  • Tallwood High School, ranked 39;
  • Salem High School; ranked 43; and
  • Bayside High School ranked 49.

Of the 20,000 schools reviewed by U.S. News & World Report, only 6,041 met the first three criteria, making them eligible to be judged for the final criterion, the college readiness indicator. The college readiness indicator is calculated by dividing the number of students who took at least one AP exam in the 2014-2015 school year by the total number of seniors at the school.

Schools with a college readiness indicator of 20.91 or higher were awarded gold, silver or bronze medals, and all the VBCPS schools in the 2017 rankings list earned a bronze medal. In addition, Green Run Collegiate (GRC), which was not ranked among Virginia’s schools on the list, earned a bronze medal. GRC did not have seniors in the 2014-2015 school year.

For more information about the rankings, visit U.S. News & World Report’s website.


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