8 area schools rank among best in Virginia

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Several Central Virginia high schools have been ranked among the best in the commonwealth.

Richmond, Chesterfield, and Henrico all had schools place within the top 50 by U.S. News & World Report for Virginia High Schools.

Richmond has two schools make the ranks, Open High School #4 and Richmond community High #21.

Chesterfield had Midlothian High School #43 and Cosby High School #24 make it to the list.

In Henrico, Deep Run High School #10, Godwin High School #33, and Glen Allen High School #41.

Stafford has one High School included Colonial Forge #40.

The rankings are based on date from the 2016-2017 school year.

U.S. News says they incorporate six elements into their ranks.

  • College readiness, based on proportions of 12th-grade students who took and passed Advanced Placement and/or International Baccalaureate exams.
  • The breadth of a school’s college curriculum, based on proportions of 12th-grade students who took and passed AP and/or IB exams in multiple content areas. 
  • Math and reading performance, based on whether a school’s performance on state tests exceeded expectations, given the school’s proportion of underserved students.
  • How underserved students did on state tests, based on how a school’s black, Hispanic and low-income students performed compared with state students who aren’t underserved.
  • Graduation rates, this is based on the proportion of students who entered ninth grade in 2012-13 and graduated four years later. 

To see where these high schools rank nationally click here.

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