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Underwood High School Named One of Best High Schools in America for 2018

It's the 2nd Straight Year for the Honor in U.S. News & World Report

May 10, 2018

Underwood High School has been named one of America's Best High Schools for 2018 by U.S. News & World Report.  It's the second straight year UHS has received the prestigious honor.  

U.S. News, known for its school rankings, released their annual list yesterday, May 9.  The magazine evaluates the 20,000 plus public schools in America to see which schools best serve all of their students, including those who are traditionally underserved.  Another factor is the college-readiness of its students.  They look at enrollment, graduation rates, assessment results, including Advanced Placement exams, and how students perform who are in free and reduced lunch programs.  Three levels of achievement are honored by U.S. News-gold, silver, and bronze-with Underwood receiving the bronze award.  Under 30% of schools in the country receive an award. 

Here is a quote from the release:

"Top-ranked schools succeed in three main areas:  exceeding expectations on state proficiency tests, offering challenging coursework, and graduating their students," said Anita Narayan, managing editor of Education at U.S. News.  "We encourage parents to use the Best High School rankings and data to research which schools in their state and nationwide are ensuring students are well-equipped for the future."

Here is a link to the article:

U.S. News Names America's Best High Schools-Underwood High School (IA)

"We have focused our instruction on student achievement and getting students ready for the next step in their lives, whether that's college or a career.  We've made that a point of emphasis in professional development and in the classroom," said Principal Matt McDonough.  "This is a tribute to our students and teachers.  We're going to keep working hard to move up in the rankings each year."  


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