UHS wins bronze in U.S. News rankings

UHS wins bronze in U.S. News rankings

URBANA — For the second time, Urbana High School has earned the bronze ranking from U.S. News and World Report as one of the nation's best high schools.

The school also won the award in 2010.

Area high schools that also earned the bronze ranking include Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School, Heritage High School in Broadlands and Shiloh High School in Hume.

Urbana High School Principal Laura Taylor called the award "a huge honor."

She said the award reflects the performance of all the school's students, as it compares their performances with those in similar high schools.

"It shows we are really meeting the needs of all of the students in our high school," Taylor said.

Urbana High School also earned a place two years in a row on the College Board's AP Honor Roll, which recognizes gains in how students can access Advanced Placement classes and how well they score on AP tests.

Taylor said the four national awards are an honor and show what's happening at Urbana High School.

"When combined with the AP award, this award demonstrates how UHS has a comprehensive program that meets the needs of all of our students," Taylor said.

U.S. News nationally ranked the 4,877 highest-scoring schools as gold, silver or bronze, after starting with about 22,000 high schools.

The schools were ranked on whether their students were performing better than statistically expected for average students in their state.

The schools who made it through that ranking were then ranked by how their "least-advantaged students (black, Hispanic and low-income) were performing better than average for similar students in the state," according to a release from U.S. News and World Reports.

Then the remaining schools were judged nationally on "college-readiness performance," using Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate test data.

Many Illinois schools were ranked in the U.S. News Best High Schools for 2012, including 20 gold medal schools, 51 silver medal schools and 84 bronze medal schools.

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