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5 from Westmoreland make U.S. News & World Report’s ‘Best High Schools’ list

May 10, 2018

The new “Best High Schools” rankings from U.S. News & World Report contains several entries from Westmoreland County considered to be among the best in Pennsylvania and the country.

To be included, schools had to receive gold, silver or bronze medal status. Some also recieved a “recognized” designation, which is an honorable mention.

Of 20,548 public high schools considered nationwide, 5,948 made the national rankings. That includes 677 Pennsylvania high schools.

Schools are graded performance on math and reading portions of state tests, graduation rates and college or career preparation, among other criteria. Rankings also consider whether a school’s historically underserved students — black, Hispanic and low-income — perform at or better than the state average.

State National

SchoolRank Rank Designation

Franklin Regional 74 1,980 Silver

Norwin 80 2,161 Silver

Southmoreland 91 2,402 Silver

Ligonier Valley 102 2,610 Silver

Greater Latrobe 105 2,642 Silver

Derry Area -- -- Recognized

Greensburg Salem -- -- Recognized

Jeannette -- -- Recognized

Jamie Martines is a Tribune-Review staff writer.