Los Alamos High School made a significant leap in a national poll recently when it was revealed the school went up more than 80 spots in U.S. News and World Report’s ‘Best High Schools’ rankings list.
In 2012, the school was ranked 638. In this year’s poll, the school is at 556, advancing 82 places since last year’s poll.
The poll, with help from the American Institutes for Research, analyzed three main factors in 21,035 U.S. high schools.
The first factor examined whether the school’s students were performing better in reading and math than average for students in their state.
Then they factored in the school’s percentage of “economically-disadvantaged” students, and whether or not they were performing at a better-than-average rate.
For schools that passed those two tests, the schools were then judged on how many “advanced placement” (college level) courses it provides, the variety of courses, how many students in the school are signing up for them and how many are getting a passing grade.
It’s this factor that Superintendent of Schools Dr. Gene Schmidt said was a determining factor in the school’s advancement in the rankings this year.