School listed 381st in annual magazine list rating students' college readiness
Grafton High School has been named one of the top public high schools in the United States by Newsweek magazine.
The magazine ranks Grafton as 381st best in its 2016 edition of the annual America’s Top High Schools list.
To compile rankings, Newsweek used six criteria and weighted them to determine a college-readiness index for schools.
A total of 6,477 of the country’s 15,819 public high schools made the initial cut. The magazine then used school performance data from the National Center for Education Statistics to narrow the list.
Percentages for criteria categories included enrollment rate (25%), graduation rate (20%), weighted Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate composite scores (17.5%), weighted SAT/ACT composite scores (17.5%), holding power (10%) and counselor-to-student ratio (10%).
Holding power measures changes in student enrollment between ninth and 12th grades.
Among the evaluations, Grafton had percentages of 74.7% for college readiness, 99.4% for graduation rate and 86.1% for college-bound graduates.
Grafton’s overall ranking was the second-highest among Ozaukee County high schools, topped only by Cedarburg at 145th.
Twenty-one high schools in Wisconsin made the top 500 nationally, led by Whitefish Bay at 61st.
Among Milwaukee-area schools, Grafton had the 11th-highest ranking.
After Whitefish Bay, the top 10 includes Kettle Moraine Global School (130), Cedarburg, Kohler (205), New Berlin Eisenhower (208), Greendale (285), Nicolet (299), Sussex Hamilton (2237), School for Arts and Performance in Wales (3412) and Renaissance School for the Arts in Appleton (356).
“We are humbled to receive this national recognition and proud to share it with our students and community,” Grafton Supt. Jeff Nelson said.
“Although our goal is not to be recognized on a national list but instead to achieve our motto of ‘Every Student, Every Day,’ this acknowledgement is a demonstration of our strong students, engaged parents, outstanding high school staff, as well as the strength of our middle and elementary schools to prepare students for academic success.”
Grafton High School Principal Scott Mantei echoed Nelson’s sentiments.
“I am so proud of our teachers and students at Grafton High School,” Mantei said.
“Receiving this type of recognition reinforces the hard work that our teachers and students put forth on a daily basis.
“There are certainly many great things happening within our building, and we will use this recognition to fuel our desire to continuously improve as an organization.”
Topping the national list is Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology in Alexandria, Va.
Grafton has appeared on past annual lists of the nation’s top high schools in Newsweek, starting in 2005. Grafton ranked 461st that year and has been listed among the top 2% nationally in several other years.
In announcing its 2016 list, Newsweek stated that the rankings are not designed to compare the quality of education offered in schools.
Instead, “our analysis looks at a broad range of criteria and sheds light on schools that are setting the bar high for their students and helping them to succeed,” the magazine stated.