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Lake Oswego (No. 4), Lakeridge (No. 5) ranked among Oregon's best high schools

U.S. News & World Report's 2016 list honors both schools with silver medals


BECKLake Oswego School District again ranks among the best in the state — and the nation.

Lake Oswego High is ranked No. 4 and Lakeridge High is ranked No. 5 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 list of Oregon’s best high schools, each earning a silver medal. They also were among 6,218 high schools to receive national recognition just as they were last year and the year before.

“We are very proud of our U.S. News & World Report High School rankings, as they reflect the hard work of students and staff in meeting challenging expectations for student learning,” LOSD Superintendent Heather Beck said.

The Best High Schools list, which was released Tuesday morning, features top-performing schools at the national and state level. SCHUBERTThe list was created to identify high schools best at preparing students for college and career. Local principals said they were thrilled with teachers’ and students’ accomplishment.

“I believe it represents the time and energy our teachers dedicate to creating positive learning environments, our building’s culture of taking academics seriously, and our community’s support of our school,” LOHS Principal Cindy Schubert said. “I am very proud of our school for earning this again, but it is just a moment in time, and I am equally proud of the various other ways they demonstrate their love of learning daily.”

LOHS received a ranking of No. 635 in the nation, Lakeridge No. 722 in the nation. Some schools were listed but not ranked at all. The rankings include data on more than 21,500 public high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

“I could not be prouder of our schools’ achievement regarding U.S. News & World Report,” Lakeridge High School Principal Jennifer SCHIELESchiele said. “Our students and faculty are amazing, and their hard work and dedication inspire me every day.” 

Schools are ranked as gold, silver or bronze if they pass a four-step evaluation based on students’ performance on required state tests, graduation rates and “college readiness.” 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, although none were listed among the nation’s top-ranked institutions.

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.

The schools that were ranked higher than LOSD's high schools were: No. 1, International School of Beaverton (Gold Medal); No. 2, Corbett Charter School (Gold Medal); and No. 3, Beaverton School of Science and Technology (Gold Medal).

Last year, Lakeridge was ranked 11th, and LOHS was ranked third.

Beck said the rankings may vary from year to year because they reflect a single snapshot in time, and “use a narrow set of variables to compare schools and rate outcomes.”

“For example, one of the variables considered is performance on state assessments,” she said. “Given the significant number of students who opted out of testing at Lake Oswego High School last year and this year, we can anticipate that next year's rankings from US News & World Report will look different. This doesn't mean that the education students are receiving is any less substantial, but the community should be prepared for that consequence.”

Complete state and national rankings are available here: bit.ly/1S8ipqu.

Reporter Gary M. Stein contributed to this story. Contact Jillian Daley at 503-636-1281 ext. 109 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..