West Linn ranks No. 3 in U.S. News Best High Schools report

Eighty-eight Oregon schools ranked among the nation’s best in a recent report by U.S. News & World Report, with West Linn High School rated third in the state, behind Corbett and Lake Oswego high schools. West Linn was ranked No. 408 nationally, earning a Gold Medal designation.

West Linn High School Principal Lou Bailey said that credit for the recognition was due to several factors, singling out “our community’s expectations for a very high-level academic program, our parental support and involvement, our highly committed students ... and to our dedicated, hardworking and extremely professional staff.” 

For each school U.S. News evaluates, a College Readiness Index score is assigned based in part on students’ participation and performance in Advanced Placement coursework. WLHS had a participation rate of 66 percent and earned 49.3 on the College Readiness Index.

Wilsonville High School was not ranked in the report, but it rated 42.4 on the College Readiness Index with 52 percent of the student body taking AP courses.

Deputy Superintendent Jane Stickney said the school district was pleased with the U.S. News report as well as similar recognition from the Washington Post for both West Linn and Wilsonville high schools.

“These awards are each one prestigious,” Stickney said. “It is notable that collectively they paint a recognized picture of excellence in West Linn-Wilsonville schools.”

These recognitions, Stickney said, “indicate that students are doing well from kindergarten through graduation. We are proud of our students’ brilliant efforts and willingness to take on intellectual challenges along with the challenges on the courts, in the art studio and in the concert halls.”

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