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Hamilton named to two prestigious national high school lists

Hamilton High School again was named to two prestigious national lists that rank schools based on academic achievement. Among the state’s 511 public high schools, Hamilton was ranked No. 17 in Wisconsin on the 2016 U.S. News Best High Schools list. Hamilton was also one of only 33 Wisconsin high schools named to the Washington Post America’s Most Challenging High Schools list.

After reviewing data from more than 29,000 public high schools in the country, U.S. News recognizes those that prepare students for college across a range of performance indicators on state-required tests. Hamilton High was No. 17 among 164 Wisconsin high schools that made the list.

America’s Most Challenging High Schools ranks schools through an Challenge Index formula that’s a simple ratio: the number of college-level tests given at a school in the previous calendar year divided by the number of graduates that year. A ratio of 1.000 means a school has as many tests as graduates. Also noted are the percentage of students who come from families that qualify for lunch subsidies and the percentage of graduates who passed at least one college-level test during their high school career. The AP® participation rate at Hamilton High in 2015 was 51 percent and the school’s Challenge Index was 1.885. Hamilton’s ranking on the state list was No. 23.

Principal Candis Mongan said Hamilton staff encourage students to take the most rigorous coursework they are capable of taking because they know it will have an impact on their success after high school.

“It’s uplifting to be named to a national list of high-performing high schools because it validates the work that our staff members do and reflects the high expectations and support of our community,” Mongan said. “But encouraging our students to stretch to their highest level of learning and reach their full potential is the real motivation for the work we do at Hamilton High School.”

Hamilton High School, W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex, has an enrollment of 1,477 students. It is regularly ranked as one of the country’s top high schools for academic rigor and performance by U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek and the Washington Post, and generally, position on the lists has gone up over time.