Ten Northwest Indiana public high schools received top ratings in the U.S. News and World Report 2013 Best High School rankings released this week.
Munster High School ranked sixth among Indiana public high schools and 639th nationally. Lake Central High School ranked 18th in the state and 1,527th nationally in the annual report released Tuesday by the magazine.
Eight other area high schools also received a bronze medal, naming them among the top public high schools in the state and nation. Fifty-eight Indiana high schools were named bronze medal schools.
Those schools are Chesterton High School, Hobart High School, Kouts High/Middle School, LaPorte High School, Merrillville High School, Portage High School, Whiting High School and Gary's Wirt-Emerson Visual and Performing Arts Academy.
According to its website, U.S. News collected data on more than 21,000 public high schools from 49 states and the District of Columbia. The publication joined forces with the American Institutes for Research, a Washington, D.C.-based organization, to evaluate schools on overall student performance on state-mandated assessments and how effectively schools educated their black, Hispanic and economically disadvantaged students.
Performance on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams was then used to determine the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work.