Last year, charter schools topped US News’ best high school rankings. But in 2023, traditional schools are making a comeback.
Charter schools no longer rank in Utah’s top five spots in US News and World Report’s annual list of the best high schools, as they did last year.
While charter schools still occupied the top two spots in the state, this year’s list strikes a good balance between charter schools and traditional schools.
1. Beehive Science and Technology Academy; Charter, Sandy.
2. Karl G. Maeser Preparatory Academy; Charter, Lindon.
3.Skyline High School; Granite District, Salt Lake City.
4. Park City High School; Park City District, Park City.
5. Corner Canyon High School; Canyons District, Draper.
6. InTech Collegiate High School; Charter, North Logan.
7. Northern Utah Academy for Math Engineering and Science; Charter, Layton.
8. Itineris Early College High School; Charter, West Bank.
9. Farmington High School; Davis School District, Farmington.
10. Academy for Mathematics, Technology and Natural Sciences; Charter, Salt Lake City.
Beehive Science and Technology Academy retained Utah’s top spot for the third straight year, while Karl G. Maeser Preparatory and InTech Collegiate High traded places from last year.
Skyline High School moved up from #8 to #3 last year, and Park City High School made it back into the top 10 after dropping out in 2022.
The US News report evaluated 17,680 public high schools across the US and 167 in Utah. The ranking methodology is based on six factors.
High school diploma is the most heavily weighted factor, accounting for 30% of a school’s overall score. According to US News, it is measured by the proportion of a school’s 12th graders who have achieved a qualifying score on Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exams.
Other factors include: breadth of college curriculum (10%); state assessment competence (20%); state assessment performance (20%), or a measure of overall assessment scores compared to what US News predicted for a school in its state for its demographics; completion rate (10%); and underachieving (10%).
Underserved student achievement measures learning outcomes only among Black, Hispanic, and low-income students.
While the six factors used to determine each school’s ranking were roughly the same as in previous years, proficiency, achievement and underserved student measures were calculated differently to account for the low participation rates in the 2020/21 school year due to the coronavirus outbreak. to take account of the pandemic. That year, the Department of Education allowed states to request an exemption that allowed them to fall below the 95% participation threshold normally required.
Nationally, the Beehive Science and Technology Academy took first place. 116, according to US News, rising from No. 305 in 2022. Skyline High School, Utah’s highest-ranked traditional school, is ranked No. 305 in 2022. 627 nationwide.
Here is last year’s ranking for comparison:
1. Beehive Science and Technology Academy (same rank)
2. InTech Collegiate High School (now 6th)
3. Northern Utah Academy for Math Engineering and Science (now 7th)
4th Academy for Mathematics, Technology and Natural Sciences (now 10th)
5. Itineris Early College High (now 8th)
6. Karl G. Maeser Preparatory Academy (now 2nd)
7. Corner Canyon High School (now 5th)
8. Skyline High School (now 3rd)
9. Farmington High School (same rank)
10. Timpview High School (now 12th)