Lincolnton High School has once again been ranked as one of the “Best High Schools in North Carolina,” according to this year’s U.S. News and World Report. The high school is ranked as the 35th best high school across the state.
“We are very honored to be recognized in a national magazine,” Lincolnton High School principal Heath Belcher said. “It’s a testament to our teachers and all that they do as well as to our students and students’ families.”
According to the U.S. News and World Report’s methodology, a “Best High School” is one that succeeds in three categories. First, the school must attain “performance levels that exceed statistical expectations given the school’s relative level of student poverty, as measured by state accountability test scores for all the school’s students in the core subjects of reading and math.”
From there, the school must achieve proficiency rates on state tests for its least advantaged student groups that exceed state averages. Finally, the school must prepare its students for college, which is measured by student participation in and performance on Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exams. The first list of the U.S. News Best High Schools was posted in November 2007.
According to Belcher, this is the second year in arrow that the school has been recognized on the U.S. News and World Report’s list.
“Graduates of Lincolnton High School are going to graduate ready for college and the real world because they have faced and overcome challenges,” he said. “Our teachers make the commitment that every student every day is receiving a quality education for life after high school.”
Lincolnton High School was also awarded with a silver medal for being one of the best performing high schools in the United States. According to the U.S. News and World Report’s methodology, silver medals were awarded to high schools that were ranked 501st through 2,019th. Lincolnton High School received a national ranking of 1,992.
For more information about the U.S. News and World report, visit www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/north-carolina.