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MPS’ Rufus King in state’s top 3 on Washington Post list of top high schools

King also among the 50 best in the Midwest; the latest in a long line of honors

By - Apr 7th, 2014 03:30 pm

MILWAUKEE (April 7, 2014)  Milwaukee Public Schools’ Rufus King International High School is among the three best high schools in Wisconsin and the 50 best in the Midwest, according to rankings released Monday by The Washington Post.

The ranking is based upon the school’s efforts to challenge students to grow academically and joins a long list of national accolades for the school, including a #2 in Wisconsin ranking from U.S.  News and World Report in 2013 and winning ACT’s national College and Career Transition Award for High Schools.

Rufus King High School’s #3 in Wisconsin ranking by The Washington Post makes it the highest-rated public school in all of southeastern Wisconsin.

“This honor is a testament of the hard work of the students and educators at Rufus King,” MPS Superintendent Gregory Thornton said. “Congratulations to the school on yet another national recognition.”

Rufus King High School Principal Jennifer Smith, who is also a Rufus King alumna, said she is “constantly amazed at talent and dedication of our students and staff.  This recognition by The Washington Post is an affirmation of their efforts and an encouragement to continue to strive for excellence.”

The Post ranks schools through a formula that examines “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,” according to the newspaper’s website.

About Milwaukee Public Schools
Milwaukee Public Schools, Wisconsin’s largest school district, is expanding college and career readiness efforts and continuing to implement innovative reforms that give every student the opportunity to succeed. MPS’ high-quality school options for 3-year-olds to high school seniors feature school climates in which positive behavior is reinforced; certified, highly-trained teachers; 21st-century learning technology for students; and curriculum aligned to the rigorous Common Core State Standards, which set a clear, high bar for the topics students must master at each grade level. MPS’ Class of 2013 earned $24 million in scholarships and the district is home to some of the state’s best high schools according to the Washington Post and U.S. News and World Report. More MPS news is available at

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