US News Magazine ranks LBHS one of top high schools in state

US News Magazine ranked Liberty Bell High School 12th in the state in their 2013 ‘Best High Schools in America’ list. LBHS earned a silver medal and was the top performing high school in eastern Washington.

“This is a testament to the hard work and focus of teachers and support staff every day at our schools,” said superintendent Mark Wenzel. “I’m excited to see them get recognition for the incredible commitment to each student in our district.”

For the 2013 U.S. News Best High Schools list, researchers analyzed more than 21,000 public high schools from across the country. U.S. News joined forces with the American Institutes for Research, a D.C.-based organization, to evaluate schools on overall student performance on state-mandated assessments, as well as how effectively schools educated their black, Hispanic and economically disadvantaged students. Performance on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams was then used to determine the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work.

Schools were ranked within each state, as well as on a national stage. In the national rankings, 500 schools earned gold medals, 1,790 were awarded silver and 2,515 took home bronze.