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Hamilton named to America’s best high school list

For the eighth consecutive year, Hamilton High School was named to U.S. News & World Report “America’s Best High Schools” list. Hamilton is ranked 23rd among 452 Wisconsin public high schools and 947th among 17,843 U.S. public high schools.

The ranking highlights the best public high schools in the nation after review of data to identify how well schools serve all students in preparing them in basic skills and readiness for college-level work.

Schools were ranked based on:

  • college readiness – the proportion of 12th grade students who took and earned a qualifying score on at least one Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exam (30% of ranking);
  • state assessment proficiency – the aggregated scores on state assessments that students may be required to pass for graduation (20%);
  • state assessment performance – whether performance on state assessments exceeded expectations given the school’s proportion of underserved students (20%);
  • underserved student performance – how Black, Hispanic and low-income students performed on state assessments compared with those who are not underserved in the state (10%);
  • college curriculum breadth – the proportions of 12th grade students who took and earned a qualifying score on AP or IB exams in multiple content areas (10%); and
  • graduation rate – the proportion of students who entered ninth grade in 2016-17 and graduated four years later (10%).

Hamilton Principal Becky Newcomer credits being in a region in the state where education and academic success are valued.

“We are extremely fortunate to be in a geographical area that constantly challenges us to compete amongst our neighbors, evolve our systems and strive to become better to best serve our students,” Newcomer said.

“Hamilton appreciates the support of the families, the determination of the students and the passion of the teachers, all of which contribute to this recognition,” she added.