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U.S. News & World Report: RHS #3 High School in PA in 2018

May 10, 2018

U.S. News & World Report Ranks Radnor High School Third-Best High School in State, 363rd in Nation in 2018 Rankings

The School Earned a Gold Badge for Its Distinction, One of Just 500 Gold Badges Awarded to Schools Nationally 

Gold Badge U.S. News Best High Schools Radnor High School has been named the third-best high school in Pennsylvania and the 363rd nationally by U.S. News & World Report in its annual rankings of the nation's best high schools. Last year, RHS was ranked sixth in the state and 432nd nationally. 

This year's top-500 national finish earned RHS a gold badge. According to U.S. News, the top 500 schools are based on highest college readiness.

"Families move to Radnor to take advantage of our outstanding school system," principal Dan Bechtold said. "At Radnor High School we make it our mission to provide opportunities for all of our students to pursue their passions. We have tremendous backing from our parents, School Board, and community, and are very grateful for their continued support. I would like to congratulate all of our stakeholders on Radnor High School being recognized as one of the top high schools in the country by U.S. News & World Report."
According to U.S. News, the rankings were determined through four steps:

  1. Students perform better than expected in their state: U.S. News looked at reading and math results for students on each state's proficiency tests and then factored in the percentage of economically disadvantaged students.
  2. Disadvantaged students perform better than the state average: U.S. News compared each school's math and reading proficiency rates for disadvantaged students with the statewide results for these student groups and then selected schools that were performing better than their state averages. 
  3. Student graduation rates meet or exceed a national standard: U.S. News excluded schools from consideration if their graduation rates were lower than 75 percent - a threshold that is higher than a federal law that requires states to give extra resources to schools below 67 percent.
  4. Students prepared for college-level coursework: U.S. News calculated a College Readiness Index, which is based on the school's Advanced Placement (AP) participation rate and how well the students did on those tests. Tiebeakers were used to determine ranks of schools that achieved the same College Readiness Index.

See U.S News' complete rankings methodology here.