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Beaverton schools rank among Oregon's best

U.S. News & World Report again give high ranks to ISB and SST,


Best High Schools rankingsBeaverton has two of the three best high schools in Oregon, according to the 2016 ranking from U.S. News & World Report.

The International School of Beaverton (ISB) ranked first in the state (and 45th nationally) while the School of Science and Technology (SST) ranked third in Oregon (210th nationally).

Those two schools, along with Corbett Charter School in rural eastern Multnomah County, were the only Oregon schools to achieve a gold medal in the magazine’s annual rankings.

The two options programs in Beaverton are frequent high-achievers in the rankings. ISB, located in Aloha, has been ranked Oregon’s top school multiple times, including last year. SST, which recently relocated to The Capital Center, moved up a spot after being ranked fourth in the state last year.

Westview High School also ranked among the best in Oregon for 2016, coming in at No. 8 and earning a silver medal. Westview was by far the largest high school to land in Oregon’s top 10.

Other high rankings in the Beaverton School District include Beaverton High at No. 15, Arts & Communication Magnet Academy at No. 21 and Southridge High at No. 33. Those three also achieved the silver medal level.

The list, which was released Tuesday morning, features top-performing schools at the national and state level. The Best High Schools rankings evaluate data on more than 21,500 public high schools to identify which schools are best at preparing students for college and careers.

U.S. News recognizes high schools with gold, silver and bronze medals, with gold medals indicating the greatest level of college readiness. Maryland, Connecticut and California are the states with the highest percentage of top-performing schools that received gold and silver medals. Ninety-seven Oregon schools were included in the rankings this year.

The Best High Schools rankings consider a number of factors, including enrollment; graduation rates; diversity; participation in free and reduced-price lunch programs; and the results of state assessments, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate tests.