Four area schools earn accolades from U.S. News

Wed, 04/28/2021 - 8:30am

The U.S. News and World Report rankings for high schools have been released and two local schools earned top 10 rankings within the state.

Each of the local schools earning statewide rankings also received rankings at the national level. 

Last year, Camden Hills and Oceanside were the only two area schools that earned accolades, both placed in the top 10. 

This year, Camden Hills dropped from sixth to its current ranking of ninth in the state. In 2019, the Rockport school was ranked seventh. 

Oceanside, meanwhile, dropped from 10th to 36th. In 2019, the Rockland school was ranked 28th.  

Belfast Area High School rose to sixth in the state after not earning a ranking last year. 

Medomak Valley High School ranked between 47th place and 79th place. The Waldoboro school was not ranked last year. 

The top five schools statewide were Greely, Kennebunk, Falmouth, Cape Elizabeth and Baxter Academy. 

In the national rankings, Belfast sits at 6,176th place, Camden Hills at 6,841st, Oceanside at 12,381st and Medomak Valley between 13,394th and 17,857th. 

This year, U.S. News & World Report looked at data on more than 24,000 public high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia before ranking nearly 18,000 schools based on six factors. 

The six factors, and the percentage of how much those factors weigh into the rankings, includes college readiness (30%), math and reading proficiency (20%), math and reading performance (20%), underserved student performance (10%), college curriculum breadth (10%) and graduation rate (10%).