Two R.I. schools earn gold medal in 2018 U.S. News high school rankings

PROVIDENCE – Classical High School ranked No. 1 in Rhode Island in U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 Best High Schools, released Wednesday.

The Providence high school ranked No. 281 overall in the nation, ranking well for its AP course participation at 96 percent. It is one of two schools in the state earning a “gold” medal in this year’s rankings. It earned a 67.4 index score for college readiness and a 99 percent graduation rate.

Schools were graded on their performance on state-required tests and how well they prepare students for college.

Barrington High School was the second and only other school in the state to receive a gold-medal designation this year. Barrington had a 97 percent AP participation, and a high reading proficiency at 76 percent. The school also ranked No. 43 in the nation for STEM high schools. The high school ranked No. 316 in the nation. The high school reported a 96 percent graduation rate and earned a 65.6 index score for college readiness.

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Four schools in Rhode Island received silver distinctions in the 2018 high school rankings.

Chariho High School in Richmond was ranked No. 3 with a silver medal, ranked coming in at No. 2,151 in the nation. The school scored a 28 on the U.S. News college readiness index and reported a 91 percent graduation rate.

North Smithfield High School ranked No. 4 in the state and No. 2,152 in the United States, also earning a silver medal. The school earned a 28 index score for college readiness and reported a 95 percent graduation rate.

Paul Cuffee Charter School in Providence earned a silver medal, was No. 5 in the state and No. 2,341 in the nation. The school also earned the designation of No. 293 for best charter schools in the country. The school has an 86 percent graduation rate and a 25.8 score for college readiness.

Mt. Hope High School was Rhode Island’s final high school to earn a silver medal honor this year, ranking No. 6 in the state and No. 2,651 in the nation. The school reported a 90 percent graduation rate and earned an index sore of 22.2 for college readiness.

In aggregate, Rhode Island schools ranked No. 32 among U.S. states according to the report, based on its 2018 U.S. News recognitions with 9.8 percent of the state’s schools earning gold or silver medals.

Four schools in the state were also deemed notable, earning the bronze medal distinction. They were:

  • Beacon Charter School in Woonsocket
  • Blackstone Academy Charter in Pawtucket
  • Blackstone Valley Prep High School in Cumberland
  • Johnston Senior High
  • West Warwick High School

Bristol County, Mass.

Three schools were also honored with the silver medal in Bristol County, Mass., this year.

Seekonk High ranked No. 68 in the state, and No. 1,562 in the nation. The school earned a 36 on the College Readiness Index and has a 96 percent graduation rate.

The Global Learning Charter Public School in New Bedford ranked No. 72 in Massachusetts and No. 1,677 in the nation with a 34.4 College Readiness Index score and an 87 percent graduation rate.

Attleboro High ranked No.73 in the Bay State and No. 1,707 in the U.S. with a 33.8 college readiness score and a 94 percent graduation rate.

Joseph Case High in Swansea ranked No. 91 in Massachusetts and No. 2,643 in the nation. It posted a 22.3 college readiness score and a graduation rate of 94 percent.

Two Bristol County, Mass., schools were honored as notable schools with a bronze medal this year:

  • City on a Hill Charter Public School New Bedford
  • Diman Regional Vocational Technical High in Fall River

Massachusetts high schools earned the state a No. 1 ranking in the U.S. this year.

Chris Bergenheim is the PBN web editor.