Hamilton on lists naming America’s best, most challenging high schools

Hamilton High School made the lists of America’s top high schools as determined by two national news media outlets – U.S. News & World Report and The Washington Post.WaPO-US-News-badges

For the fifth year, Hamilton High School was named to U.S. News & World Report “America’s Best High Schools” list. The ranking highlights the best public high schools in the nation after reviewing data from 28,000 high schools to determine the ones that have proven to be the most effective in turning out college-ready graduates. It includes performance on state-required tests, graduation rates and Advanced Placement participation and performance, and factors in the percentage of economically disadvantaged students.

For the fourth year, Hamilton made The Washington Post’s “America’s Most Challenging High Schools” list. High schools are ranked through an index formula that is the number of Advanced Placement tests given each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year. A ratio of 1.000 means the school had as many tests as graduates. Hamilton’s index score is 1.567.

Among Wisconsin’s 510 public high schools, Hamilton ranked 18th on the U.S. News list and 26th on the Washington Post list.

Hamilton Principal Candis Mongan said being named to the lists reflects the diligent work of teachers and staff in meeting the needs of students and the high expectations of parents and the community.

“Our parents want the best for their children, and our teaching staff promote academic growth through high expectations and implementation of site plan initiatives,” Mongan said. “Teachers share innovative ideas with each other and support personalized learning strategies within their classrooms.”