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BRADENTON, FL — Lakewood Ranch High School in Bradenton is the top school in Manatee County, according to a new national ranking by U.S. News and World Report.

This year’s list of best high schools evaluated more than 17,800 schools nationwide, including more than 200 in Florida.

The 2022 ranking of best high schools is intended to show how well the nation’s public schools serve all students, regardless of achievement level, by teaching them basic skills and preparing them for college-level work, according to a news release from U.S. News.

Families can also use the rankings to see how schools compare at the national, state and local levels on factors such as graduation rates and college readiness.

Related: These Florida High Schools Are Among 2022’s Best: U.S. News

While thousands of schools were evaluated, these Manatee County schools were ranked among the top in Florida, according to U.S. News:

  • Lakewood Ranch High School, Bradenton. Ranked No. 121 in Florida

  • Manatee School for the Arts, Palmetto, Ranked No. 196 in Florida

  • State College of Florida Collegiate School, Bradenton. Ranked No. 213 in Florida

  • Braden River High School, Bradenton. Ranked No. 218 in Florida

  • Manatee High School, Bradenton. Ranked No. 308 in Florida

  • Southeast High School, Bradenton. Ranked No. 364 in Florida

  • Palmetto High School, Palmetto. Ranked No. 502 in Florida

Bayshore High School in Bradenton is also listed with no specific rank.

This year, the top 15 schools nationally are in 14 different states.

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia, was ranked No. 1 in the nation, as well as among magnet schools.

Here are the top 10 schools in this year’s national Best High Schools ranking:

  1. Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology – Alexandria, Virginia

  2. Academic Magnet High School – North Charleston, South Carolina

  3. Signature School – Evansville, Indiana

  4. School for Advanced Studies – Miami, Florida

  5. Payton College Preparatory High School – Chicago, Illinois

  6. The Davidson Academy of Nevada – Reno, Nevada

  7. Central Magnet School – Murfreesboro, Tennessee

  8. The School for the Talented and Gifted – Dallas, Texas

  9. Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology – Lawrenceville, Georgia

  10. Julia R. Masterman Secondary School – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

This year’s schools were ranked on six measures: college readiness, college curriculum breadth, state assessment performance, state assessment proficiency, reading and math proficiency, reading and math performance, underserved student performance and graduation rates.

The data used in this year’s ranking is from the 2019-20 academic school year. U.S. News adjusted its calculation of these measures to account for the impact COVID-19 had on schools in the 2019-20 school year.

Since most states closed schools for in-person instruction starting in March 2020 — typically just before most states conduct assessments — the U.S. Department of Education granted waivers allowing all states to forgo state testing for the 2019-20 school year.

To account for this, U.S. News relied on past assessment data from the

three prior ranking years. Researchers also incorporated state science assessment data from the 2018-19 school year.

Read more about the Best High Schools methodology.

In addition to the national rankings, U.S. News also published rankings at the state, metro area and school district levels. Only metro areas and school districts with three or more high schools were included in these subrankings.

Signature School in Indiana is at the top of the list for charter schools, and Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Virginia is the No. 1 magnet school. The Davidson Academy of Nevada is the top STEM school.

These Bradenton Area High Schools Are Among 2022’s Best: U.S. News originally appeared on the Bradenton Patch