Three La. high schools get gold medals in publication’s national ranking

Led by three schools in the New Orleans area, U.S. News & World Report has awarded gold, silver and bronze medals to 80 public high schools in Louisiana, based on how the students perform on state standardized tests and how well the schools prepare students for college.

The three gold medal Louisiana high schools at the top level on the magazine’s annual high school list are Ben Franklin, Haynes Academy for Academic Studies and Lusher Charter schools. Of the more than 21,000 that U.S. News ranked, these three schools came in nationally at 55, 138 and 353, respectively. Franklin and Lusher are in New Orleans and Haynes is in Metairie.

Five more schools earned silver medals. The schools and their national ranking are: Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy, 826; Baton Rouge Magnet High in Baton Rouge, 892; Thomas Jefferson High School For Advanced Studies in Gretna, 1,028; Caddo Parish Magnet High, 1,689; and Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts in Natchitoches, 2,116.

Seventy-two other Louisiana public high schools earned bronze medals.

The magazine joined forces with the American Institutes for Research to evaluate public high schools across the country on overall student performance on state-mandated tests, as well as how effectively schools educated their black, Hispanic and economically disadvantaged students. Performance on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams also was used to gauge how well schools prepare students for college-level work.