Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is home to several Best High Schools in the nation and state, according to recent rankings by U.S. News & World Report. In all, 13 BCPS high schools received gold, silver or bronze medals in the U.S. News’ Best High Schools 2014 national ranking.
Broward’s national gold medal recipients are Cypress Bay High School, Pompano Beach High School and Nova High School. The nine high schools receiving national silver medals are McFatter Technical High School, Somerset Arts Conservatory, Stranahan High School, Fort Lauderdale High School, Atlantic Technical Center and High School, Somerset Academy, Pembroke Pines Charter High School, McArthur High School and Miramar High School. In addition, Broward Virtual School received a bronze medal national ranking.
The U.S. News rankings include data on more than 19,400 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Schools were awarded gold, silver or bronze medals based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college. A three-step process determined the Best High Schools. The first two steps ensured that the schools serve all of their students well, using performance on state proficiency tests as the benchmarks. For those schools that made it past the first two steps, a third step assessed the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work.
In addition to achieving top national ranking, schools represented in the state’s top 50 high schools include Cypress Bay High (#15), Pompano Beach High (#19), Nova High (#22), McFatter Technical High (#37), Somerset Arts Conservatory (#39), Stranahan High (#48) and Fort Lauderdale High (#53).
Nationally ranked high schools rounding out the state’s list of top 100 are Atlantic Technical High (#55), Somerset Academy (#56), Pembroke Pines Charter High (#58), McArthur High (#71) and Miramar High (#81).