Broward County Public Schools Named Among Best in Nation by U.S. News & World Report

Jun 5, 2013


Broward County Public Schools issued the following news release on June 4, 2013:

Cypress Bay, Pompano Beach among the Top High Schools

Broward County Public Schools (“BCPS”) is home to several Best High Schools in the nation and state, according to recent rankings by U.S. News & World Report. In all, 13 BCPS high schools received gold, silver or bronze medals in the U.S. News’ Best High Schools 2013 national ranking.

Broward’s gold medalists schools are Cypress Bay High School (#15 state, #180 national), Pompano Beach High School (#17 state, #230 national) and Nova High School (#27 state, #454 national). In addition to being gold medalists the schools achieved top national ranking and represent the state’s top 50 schools. 

Eight BCPS high schools are national silver medalists and rank in the state’s top 100. McFatter Technical High School (#36 state, #592 national), Atlantic Technical High School (#40 state, #646 national), Pembroke Pines Charter High School (#42 state, #700 national), Fort Lauderdale High School (#45 state, #790 national), Stranahan High School (#53 state, #967 national), Somerset Academy Charter Conservatory High School (#62 state, #1,190 national), South Broward High School (#74 state, #1,602 national), and Deerfield Beach High School (#75 state, #1,635 national).  

Also closing in on national ranking, as bronze medalists, are Broward Virtual School and Dillard High School.    

American Institutes for Research implemented U.S. News comprehensive rankings methodology, which is based on the key principles that a great high school must serve all of its students well, not just those who are college-bound, and that it must be able to produce measurable academic outcomes to show the school is successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators.

U.S. News analyzed more than 21,000 public high schools in 49 states and the District of Columbia. This is the total number of public high schools that had 12th grade enrollment and sufficient data from the 2010/11 school year to analyze. Schools were awarded gold, silver or bronze medals based on state proficiency standards, exams, how well students are prepared for college and other factors.

A three-step process determined the Best High Schools. The first two steps ensured that the schools serve all of their students well, using performance on state proficiency tests as the benchmarks. For those schools that made it past the first two steps, a third step assessed which schools produced the best college-level achievement for the highest percentages of their students.