U.S. News & World Report names Science Hill one of best high schools in state, nation

Science Hill High School has been named as one of the top high schools in the nation, according to rankings released by the US News & World Report this week.

Science Hill was awarded a silver medal designation and they were ranked 24th in the state – an improvement from last year’s 28th ranking. Nationally Science Hill ranked as the 2,698 best high school in the nation out over 20,500 public high schools.


“We feel this is a reflection of the ongoing efforts of our staff, who are committed to providing quality instruction every day and our students, who continue to take advantage of the educational opportunities offered at Science Hill,” Science Hill principal Todd Barnett said.  “This upward movement in ranking is also indicative of our commitment to becoming one of the top 20 best high schools in Tennessee.”

Science Hill was one of 19 schools in the state that earned the silver medal distinction and just one of four in Northeast Tennessee. The new Best High Schools rankings are produced in conjunction with North Carolina-based research firm RTI International.

RTI implemented the U.S. News comprehensive rankings methodology, which is based on these key principles: that a great high school must serve all of its students well, not just those who are college bound, and that it must be able to produce measurable academic outcomes to show it is successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators.

Data is based on the 2015-2016 school year in which 25 percent of Science Hill student’s participated in Advanced Placement classes. Of those, 81 percent passed their AP exam.

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