While the recent article in U.S. News & World Report listed Ft Lauderdale High, Cypress Bay & Nova High School as “… among the best High Schools in the nation,” this didn’t come as too much of a surprise to the students, teachers, administrators and principals at these schools… They knew they were great schools… But it’s always nice to have such a distinguished magazine validate their own thinking.

U.S. News & World Report evaluated more than 22,000 public high schools in 49 states and the District of Columbia. Schools were awarded gold, silver or bronze medals based on state proficiency standards, exams, how well students are prepared for college and other factors.  In all, 14 BCPS high schools received gold, silver, or bronze medals in U.S. News’ Best High Schools 2012 national rankings.

A three-step process determined the Best High Schools. The first two steps ensured that the schools serve all of their students well, using performance on state proficiency tests as the benchmarks. For those schools that made it past the first two steps, a third step assessed the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work. Schools with highest unrounded college readiness index values were numerically ranked nationally from No. 1 to No. 500 and were the gold medal winners.

“These honors demonstrate Broward County Public Schools commitment to preparing students for college readiness,” said Superintendent of Schools Robert W. Runcie.  “We challenge our students to embrace rigorous coursework and strive for academic success. These outstanding high schools exemplify the quality, rigor and expectations we hold for all our schools.”

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS), the nation’s sixth largest public school system, is an “A” rated School District. BCPS is the largest fully accredited district in the nation, with over 258,000 students and approximately 150,000 adult students in 234 schools and education centers and 76 charter schools. For more information about BCPS, visit (www.browardschools.com).  Follow BCPS on Twitter (@Browardschools) or on Facebook at (www.facebook.com/browardschools).