St. Michael-Albertville High School continues to improve its national standing as an elite high school, according to the magazine “U.S. News and World Report’s” Best High Schools in the publication’s 2016 rankings. The magazine publishes a nationally renowned list of the country’s most successful high schools.
The home of the Knights moved up to Silver Level status this year, ranking No. 37 in the state of Minnesota and within the nation’s top 2,000 high schools, according to “U.S. News.” STMA High earned the accolade based upon the school’s students performing better than statistically expected for students in the state and disadvantage students outperforming disadvantaged students in the state in math and reading proficiency. Schools were also ranked on college-readiness performance.
STMA earned a bronze level status last year, its first time honored by the U.S. News list.
Other local schools that earned Silver status from the magazine: Rogers High School, which scored higher in college readiness, placed 32nd in Minnesota and was within the nation’s top 1,500 high schools, was honored. Also, Maple Grove High was named 36th in Minnesota, just ahead of STMA.
The U.S. News rankings included data from the 2013-14 school year on more than 21,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Rankings are based upon two key principles: a great high school must serve all of its students well, not just those who are college bound, and that it must be able to produce measurable academic outcomes to show it is successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators.