Lake Mills High School has been ranked by the U.S. News & World Report’s Best High Schools ranking.

The school scored 82.81 out of 100. the score is based on students taking at least one Advanced Placement exam-37%, passing at least one AP exam-26%, math proficiency-44%, reading proficiency-56% and graduation rate-94%. The school ranks 2,964 nationally and 88th in Wisconsin high schools.

The school has a total enrollment of 402 students according to the report and a 15 to 1 student teacher ratio.

“We are really excited about this,” Pam Streich, district administrator told school board members Monday night at a meeting.

The Best High Schools rankings identify the country’s top-performing public high schools including data on more than 23,000 schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. The goal is to provide a clear, unbiased picture of how well public schools serve all of their students – from the highest to lowest achieving – in preparing them to demonstrate proficiency in basic skills as well as readiness for college level work.

The highest-ranked schools are those whose students excelled on state tests and performed beyond expectations; participated in and passed a variety of college level exams; and graduated in high proportions. The rankings are based on methodology that weighs six indicators of school quality:

— College readiness, based on the proportions of 12th grade students who took and passed Advanced Placement and/or International Baccalaureate exams.

— College curriculum breadth, based on proportions of 12th grade students who took and passed AP and/or IB exams in multiple content areas.

— Math and reading proficiency, based on student performance on state required tests.

— Math and reading performance, based on whether performance on state assessments exceeded expectations given the school’s proportion of underserved students.

— Underserved student performance, based on how black, Hispanic and low-income students performed on state assessments compared with those who are not underserved in the state.

— Graduation rates, based on the proportion of students who entered ninth grade and graduated four years later.

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