Sixteen public high schools in Bucks and Montgomery counties were ranked among the best 50 high schools in Pennsylvania, according to the U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools Rankings released on April 25, 2017. Top schools included New Hope-Solebury at #2, with a gold medal awarded for performance on state assessments and preparation for college, and Lower Moreland at #9 statewide, with the remainder of the Top 50 earning a silver medal.
Thirty-two percent of the Top 50 schools in the state are located in Bucks and Montgomery counties. Overall, the survey included an examination of 686 high schools statewide.
To compare high schools around the state and across the country, the rankings take into consideration factors such as subject proficiency testing, overall student performance, disadvantaged student performance, college readiness and AP student performance.
“We’re very proud of the schools that were identified in the U.S. News & World Report rankings,” said Linda J. Weaver, former second grade special education teacher in Bristol Township and a representative of the Council for the Advancement of Public Schools (CAPS). “And we know from many other objective measures that all our Bucks and Montgomery counties’ public schools provide a first-rate education that prepares students for the future and enhances the value of our communities,” she added.
The 16 Bucks and Montgomery county high schools ranked among the tops in Pennsylvania are as follows:
- New Hope-Solebury – #2 in state; #303 nationally
- Lower Moreland – #9 in state; #532 nationally
- Lower Merion – #13 in state
- Council Rock North– #15
- Perkiomen Valley – #17
- Wissahickon – #22
- Harriton – #24
- Central Bucks West – #25
- Methacton – #27
- Souderton Area – #30
- Central Bucks East– #32
- Spring-Ford Senior – #34
- Plymouth-Whitemarsh – #38
- Central Bucks South – #40
- Abington – #49
- North Penn – #50
For the full list, visit the rankings at US News and World Report.