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Whitefish and Glacier are among the top three high schools in Montana in U.S. News rankings


According to the 2024 U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools list, Whitefish High School ranks second in the state and Glacier High School ranks third.

The schools consistently rank in the top 10 in the state.

In Montana, 171 public high schools were evaluated by US News and nonprofit research institute RTI International, and 38 were considered for the rankings. That's down from 2023, when 87 Montana high schools made the ranking.

Other high schools in the area were ranked as follows: Flathead High School came in at No. 17, followed by Libby High School at No. 18. Polson High School came in at No. 21 and Columbia Falls High School came in at No. 27. Bigfork High School was ranked as No. 31-38 listed. A range is used for schools ranked in the bottom 25% of the national rankings.

Nationwide, nearly 25,000 schools were evaluated and approximately 17,660 were included in the 2024 Best Secondary Schools list.

In the national rankings, Whitefish came in at No. 1,567; Glacier at #1,920 and Flathead at #5,748. Libby ranked 6,338th; Polson, 7,301 and Columbia Falls, 10,538.

Bozeman ranked first in Montana. Bozeman ranked 213 nationally.

The rankings highlight schools whose strengths include college readiness and high graduation rates. College readiness was measured by participation and performance on the Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams.

Top public high schools also achieved exceptional student results on state assessments in math, reading and science. This includes the competency and achievement of underserved student populations, including Black, Hispanic and economically disadvantaged students.

“The 2024 Best High Schools rankings provide parents with an understandable starting point

The academic performance of a school, whether it is a future school or an independent school

“The child is already participating,” said LaMont Jones, senior education editor at US News

in a statement. “Accessible data about our high schools can empower families around the world

country as they navigate today’s educational environment and plan for the future.”

The methodology rated schools on six factors, weighted as follows: college readiness: 30%; state assessment authority, 20%; state assessment performance, 20%; underachieving student performance, 10%; Size of the university curriculum: 10%; and graduation, 10%.

For the complete rankings, visit www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools.

Hilary Matheson can be reached at 758-4431 or [email protected].

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