Two MPS Schools in State’s Top 10
U.S. News ranks Reagan and King above most suburban high schools.
Two Milwaukee schools are among the state’s 10 best high schools, according to the latest rankings by U.S. News & World Report. The magazine’s annual analysis ranked Whitefish Bay High School as the top high school in Wisconsin and 194th nationally. Milwaukee’s Reagan College Preparatory High ranked second in the state and 318th nationally while Rufus King International ranked eighth statewide and 576th nationally.
These two Milwaukee Public Schools ranked above such highly regarded suburban schools as Homestead in Mequon (9th in state, 596 nationally), Brookfield East (11th in state, 680 nationally) and — gasp! — Nicolet (14th in state, 795 nationally), in addition to Germantown (20th in state, 944 nationally).
“We congratulate the students, families, educators and support staff who continue to achieve great things in our schools,” MPS Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver said. “As we reimagine high schools, we are replicating what is helping drive these successful schools.”
Reacting to Whitefish Bay High School’s top ranking among state schools, Principal Amy Levek stated, “This recognition is a wonderful celebration for a school community that so highly values the educational experience for their kids and for our students who have worked diligently to maximize their K-12 academic opportunities.”
MPS did even better in the Washington Post’s recent ranking of America’s Most Challenging High Schools, which chose Milwaukee School of Languages (which serves grades 6 through 12) as the top school in Wisconsin and Carmen High School of Science and Technology as second-best in the state. Both ranked above the most highly rated suburban schools in Wisconsin.
Not far behind in this ranking was King (13th statewide) and Reagan (15th). Other MPS high schools with high statewide rankings included Riverside University High School (25th), Hamilton (30th) and High School of the Arts (32nd).
The Washington Post analysis rates schools “through an index formula that’s a simple ratio: the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year.”
By that analysis, Whitefish Bay dropped from first in the state in U.S. News rankings, to 19th on this one. The top area suburban school on the Washington Post’s state scorecard was New Berlin Eisenhower, which ranked fourth.