Glasgow High School is one of the top 10 schools in Kentucky and has earned Silver Medal status according to state-by-state and national rankings compiled by U.S. News and World Report.
U.S. News and World Report collected data on more than 21,000 public high schools in the United States, and 87 Kentucky schools earned a 2015 ranking under the magazine’s criteria. GHS ranked 1,104th nationally and is eighth out of 357 high schools in the state.
U.S. News and World Report’s data, based on the 2012-13 academic year, indicate that 60 percent of GHS students are proficient in English, 66 percent are proficient in algebra. The school scored 37.7 on the ranking’s College Readiness Index, which is based on participation and performance on Advanced Placement exams. GHS is considered above state averages in all three categories.
GHS Principal Keith Hale said the school is excited by the recognition.
“It’s a huge accomplishment for our staff and students and district,” Hale said.
GHS was ranked 15th in Kentucky in the same survey last year. Hale attributes the rise in ranking to “not just one thing,” citing the school’s culture and expectations of excellence.
“The staff and the students have bought into that and they expect to do well,” he said. “I think they take great pride in the fact that their efforts are being recognized and they want to do well.”
Glasgow Independent Schools Superintendent Sean Howard said he is proud of the school’s achievements and that the ranking is a testament to the employees, administration and students.
“They’ve worked very diligently to put themselves in that position and they’re being recognized for it,” Howard said. “They’ve got a great group of students to work with, and it’s just an honor for the high school, for our district and for our community to be recognized for hard work and providing opportunities for our students.”
Howard said the school is “in pretty good company” with the other top schools in the state. The top 10, according to the ranking, are Highlands High School in Fort Thomas, duPont Manual High School in Louisville, Beechwood High School in Fort Mitchell, Brown School in Louisville, Ballard High School in Louisville, Henry Clay High School in Lexington, Male High School in Louisville, GHS, South Laurel High School in London and Lafayette High School in Lexington.
Barren County High School did not receive medal status or a numerical rank. Fifty-five percent of BCHS students are proficient in English and 22 percent proficient in algebra, and the school scored 21.9 on the College Readiness Index. All are considered “near” state averages, according to the ranking.
Caverna High School in Horse Cave earned Bronze Medal status. Forty-two percent of its students are considered proficient in English and 69 percent proficient in algebra.
“That just goes to show you that’s a lot of hard work by teachers and students really buying into a program and believing we can succeed,” said CHS Prinicipal Brad Phipps. “Our teachers fuel that in our students.”
No college-readiness data was available for Caverna, according to the rankings available online.
– To see the full state-by-state and national rankings, visit www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/articles/us-news-ranks-best-high-schools.