U.S. News and World Report has released their annual list of the best high schools, and a familiar name is sitting near the top of the West Virginia list.
Pendleton County Middle/High School is ranked 13th of the top high schools in West Virginia, but is the highest among Class A schools on the list. The report cites a 94% graduation rate and a 14.5 rating for college readiness (35.5 is the high water mark for this rating for West Virginia schools – most schools ranked under 10).
Other high schools in the Potomac Valley Conference were not far behind. Pocahontas County High School ranks just behind Pendleton at 14, East Hardy High School ranks 16th and Petersburg High School ranks #31 (though the rankings are not officially numbered after 21) Moorefield is 70th on the list; however, they are listed with a higher graduation rate, at 97%.
The calculations for ranking the schools, according to the U.S News and World Report website, list four criteria: Students perform better than expected in their state, disadvantaged students perform better than state average, student graduation rates meet or exceed a national standard, students are prepared for college level coursework.
Pendleton County High School was awarded a bronze medal for their ranking, along with 28 other schools. Only five were awarded a silver metal, and none were given gold.