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Silver and gold medals for local schools

May 2, 2013 · 1:38 PM

Lopez Middle/High School and Orcas Island High School have been awarded a silver medal for “Best High Schools” in the 2013 U.S. News and World Report ranking of the nation’s best public high schools. Friday Harbor High was given a gold medal.

Lopez School ranked #21 in Washington State and number 964 nationally. The school rose in the rankings from their 2012 rank of Bronze.

Orcas Island High School ranked 25th within Washington, 1013 nationally and received a silver medal.

Friday Harbor High School ranked fifth within Washington, number 161 nationally and received a gold medal.

The U.S. News and World Report public high school ranking project began in 2007 and seeks to identify the nation’s top performing public high schools. The magazine’s goal is to provide a clear, unbiased picture of how well public schools serve their students, as they prepare them for proficiency in basic skills and college readiness. More than 21,000 public high schools across the country as well as the over 600 high schools in Washington state were evaluated for these rankings.


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