Seven OCPS High Schools Make List of Best U.S. High Schools


OCPS celebrates the announcement of seven high schools on the list of US News and World Report Best High Schools

April 22, 2016 – Orange County Public Schools is proud to be part of the prestigious recognition bestowed upon high schools each year by U.S. News & World Report. The district has seven schools on the exclusive list of the Best High Schools.

Schools are awarded gold, silver or bronze medals based on their performance on state assessments, their graduation rates and how well they prepare students for college.

The outcomes for OCPS include:

·         Higher than average performance on statewide assessments adjusting for the percentage of economically disadvantaged students

·         Higher than average performance on statewide assessments for Black, Hispanic and low-income students when compared to similar students across the state

·         Meeting a higher than expected benchmark for their graduation rate

·         School performance on college-readiness as measured by Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate assessments

Out of 28,651 public high schools in the United States, 19,908 were large enough to be eligible for inclusion in the rankings.

Winter Park, Timber Creek, Freedom, Lake Nona and Olympia high schools ranked in the top five percent of all eligible high schools while University placed among the top ten percent. This qualifies these schools for a Silver Medal recognition. Orange County Virtual School received bronze level recognition for their placement in the top-third in the country.