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Best Wyoming high school? Right here.

May 1, 2019

Teton County public school students attend the best high school in the state, according to the U.S. News & World Report.

The organization considers a “best” school to “be one that serves all of its students, including historically underserved populations.”

In the 2019 national rankings that became public Tuesday, Jackson Hole High School topped the Wyoming list. Sheridan High School, Laramie High School, Pinedale High School and Riverside High School round out the top five.

The high school comes in 663rd out of more than 17,000 schools ranked around the country. Schools in large cities far outnumber those in remote rural areas in the rankings.

A magnet school in South Carolina came in first; Massachusetts had the most schools ranked in the top 25 percent. Maryland, California and Connecticut follow in suit, with Wyoming in 41st.

“Our mission with the Best High Schools rankings has always been to educate families about the schools in their district,” Anita Narayan, managing editor of Education at U.S. News, said in a press release. “By evaluating more schools than ever before, the new edition expands that focus so all communities can see which schools in their area are successfully serving their students – including historically underserved populations.”

Rankings look at six factors: college readiness (participation and performance on advanced placement and International Baccalaureate exams), reading and math proficiency, reading and math performance, underserved student performance, college curriculum breadth and graduation rates.

In Wyoming, 16 schools are in the top 25 percent of all ranked schools for their graduation data. The mean graduation rate statewide is 89.7 percent.

The rankings were expanded since last year, when Jackson Hole High School also came in first in Wyoming and 672nd in the nation, including more than 15,000 additional schools this year.

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