MHS ranks among state's best by USNWR

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MHS was named the 12th best high school out of more than 400 in Wisconsin by U.S. News & World Report, according to a story posted on the magazine's website earlier this month.

U.S. News reviewed more than 22,000 public high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The only other high schools in Dane County ranked higher than MHS were Verona (10th) and Waunakee (11th). The other Dane County high schools to be ranked were Sun Prairie (31st), Monona Grove (42nd), Stoughton (43rd) and Madison West (51st).

MHS was ranked 678th in the nation and earned a silver medal.

“Top-ranked schools succeed in three main areas: exceeding expectations on state proficiency tests, offering challenging coursework and graduating their students," Anita Narayan, managing editor of education at U.S. News & World Report, said in a news release.

The rankings use performance on state standardized tests and measures of college preparedness to measure schools. MHS was one of 154 schools ranked in Wisconsin.

MHS ranked ninth overall in Wisconsin and was the top high school ranked in Dane County and the Big Eight Conference in 2017. MHS was ranked No. 1 in Wisconsin by U.S. News in 2014.

"We don't chase awards and accolades but it is nice to acknowledge them,'' District communications director Perry Hiber said. "These honors wouldn't be possible without the great work of our staff and administration at MHS and the support of our families.

"It takes everyone to make a great school and we certainly realize the hard work done by all of our elementary and middle school staff and the role they play in this award.''

MHS was one of 83 schools in Wisconisn to be awarded a silver medal. Five schools, all in the Milwaukee area, earned gold medals and another 66 were awarded bronze medals.

Check out the MHS overview on the U.S. News website. There are also tabs for student body and test score information. You can also visit the page devoted to MHS on the U.S. News & World Report website.

MHS was also ranked sixth for the second consecutive year among all public high schools in Wisconsin, according to Niche.com, a Pittsburgh-based website that analyzes public data and reviews to provide rankings for every K-12 school and college in the United States. Madison West (fourth) and Madison Memorial (eighth) were the only other high schools in Dane County ranked in the top 10. Sun Prairie was ranked 13th and Verona 18th.

MHS has been ranked in the top 10 every year since 2014, including being named the top public high school in the state in 2014.

MHS was ranked 264th in the nation, which places the school in the top 1.5 percent of all public high schools, according to Niche.com.

Niche’s ranking of 18,794 U.S. public high schools is based on a number of criteria, with half of the overall weight placed on state assessment proficiency, SAT/ACT scores, and survey responses on academics from students and parents. The website also looked at factors such as teacher pay and quality, school culture and diversity, health and safety, resources and facilities, and co-curricular opportunities.

MHS received an A or higher rating rating on nine of 10 are as in the Niche.com report card, and a B- in diversity. Fast Company offered this positive profile of Niche in 2014.