Best High Schools 2020

Simley Ranks in Top 15% of Best High Schools List, Top 5% in College Readiness
Posted on 04/22/2020
Simley High School graduation

U.S. News & World Report is a publication that ranks educational institutions across the country. Each year, it evaluates the nation’s traditional, charter, magnet, and STEM high schools and ranks the top schools for its Best High Schools list. Rankings are based on a combination of factors to determine which high schools do the best job of educating all of their students with the resources they have. Of the 17,792 schools that U.S. News & World Report ranked on the 2020 list, Simley High School ranked in the top 15% of Minnesota high schools, the top 15% of high schools in the metro area, and the top 20% of high schools nationwide.

Schools on the Best High Schools list are ranked using data from test scores, student population, performance of different student groups, graduation rates, and more. Simley’s rankings highlighted its successes in College Readiness, which measures the number of seniors who took and passed at least one Advanced Placement (AP) exam, and in College Curriculum Breadth, which measures the number of seniors who took and passed AP exams in multiple classes. Of the 419 ranked high schools in Minnesota, Simley ranked #18 in College Readiness and #19 in College Curriculum Breadth, putting it in the top 5% in the state for both. Nationally, Simley’s rankings in the two college readiness areas put it in the top 10% in each.

Simley’s Best High Schools Ranking at a Glance

  • Overall Ranking (Ranked high schools in the metro area): Top 15%
  • Overall Ranking (Ranked high schools in the state): Top 15%
  • Overall Ranking (Ranked high schools in the nation): Top 20%
  • AP Participation: 60%
  • AP Exam Pass Rate (students who passed at least one exam): 47%
  • College Readiness Ranking (state): Top 5%
  • College Readiness Ranking (national): Top 10%
  • College Curriculum Breadth (state): Top 5%
  • College Curriculum Breadth (national): Top 10%