The Lehigh Valley Academy Regional Charter School ranks second best among all the high schools in Pennsylvania, according to annual rankings published Tuesday by U.S. News and World Report.
The Hanover Township, Northampton County, school also ranked 157th among all high schools nationwide.
The 2013 U.S. News and World Report Best High Schools rankings are based on data collected from more than 21,000 public U.S. high schools from 49 states and the District of Columbia. The rankings are designed to capture how well high schools educate all of their students and prepare them for college-level work, a press release from U.S. News said.
Schools are evaluated based on overall student performance on state assessments, Advanced Placement tests and International Baccalaureate exams. The ranking also takes into account how well students educate black, Hispanic and economically disadvantaged students, according to U.S. News.
Once all factors were considered, U.S. News designated the 4,805 highest-scoring schools as gold, silver or bronze; the top 500 schools received gold medals and the next 1,790 received silver.
The Lehigh Valley Regional Charter School received a gold medal.
Lehigh Valley Regional Charter School
State Rank: 2
National Rank: 157
Medal Awarded: Gold
Proficient in Reading: 93 percent
Proficient in Math: 74 percent
College Readiness Index (based on AP/IB participation, max value is 100): 65.8
Student/Teacher Ratio: 15:1