National magazine announces high school rankings
Estacada High School has been listed among the top 40 high schools in Oregon by U.S. News and World Report.
In the magazine's annual best high schools ranking, Estacada High was named 39th within the state. In Oregon, 253 high schools made the listing. More than 23,000 U.S. public high schools were reviewed.
The rankings consider the number of seniors who passed at least one Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exam, the number of seniors who passed AP or IB tests in multiple subjects, student proficiency and performance in math and reading, and the number of students who graduated within four years.
"We are very proud of the hard work of both our students and staff to achieve this type of recognition. In particular, our graduation rates and English language arts state test scores have outperformed the state average," said Estacada High School Primcipal Bill Blevins. "The alternative school, R.T.S., has provided an avenue of success for those who have not thrived in the traditional school setting. We will continue to work diligently to ensure that all of our students are prepared for both college and career upon graduation."
Overall, Estacada High School received a 72.86% score from U.S. News and World Report. In the 2019 ranking, 21% of students took at least one AP test, 56% of those students passed at least one AP test, 82% of students met reading proficiency and 46% of students met mathematics proficiency. The school had a graduation rate of 76%.
The U.S. News and World Report ranking was based on data from the 2016-17 school year. Since then, data from Estacada High School has improved in several areas. In 2017-18, 80.9% of Estacada High School senior class graduated, and 84.1% of the high school's students met state testing benchmarks in English. That same year, 32.1% of Estacada High School students met testing benchmarks in math, and 53 students took 47 AP tests, 47% of which were passed with a three or higher
In rankings of high schools across the country, Estacada High ranked 4,680th. Of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, Oregon came in 40th, with six high schools ranked in the top 5% nationally, 15 schools ranked in the top 10% nationally and 36 schools in the top 25% nationally.
The highest ranked state was Massachusetts, with 38 high schools landing in the top 5% nationally, 72 schools ranked in the top 10% nationally and 167 schools ranked in the top 25% nationally. The state recommends that students follow the MassCore program, which includes the successful completion of four units of English, four units of math, three units of science, three units of history, two units of the same foreign language, one unit of the arts, and five additional core courses.
To graduate from a high school in Oregon, students must earn at least 24 credits, including four units of English; three units of math; three units of science; three units of social science; one unit of physical education; one unit of health; three units of a second language, the arts or career technical education courses; and six units of electives. Oregon students must also show a mastery of essential skills, including writing clearly, comprehension of a variety of tests and the ability to apply math in different settings.