Head of the Class: U.S. News Ranks Timberline High Best in Idaho 

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U.S. News and World Report
is out with its "Best High Schools Rankings,"
sizing up more than 29,000 public high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. U.S. News looked at overall student performance on state-required tests, how effectively the schools have educated their "least-advantaged students" (i.e. minorities and low-income families) and how well the students are prepared for college.

Analyzing 193 Idaho high schools across 125 school districts in the Gem State, Timberline High School in Boise came out on top, with a 19-to-1 student/teacher ratio, 93 percent graduation rate and a 43.8 score on the "college readiness index," based on exam participation rates and percentages of students passing at least one exam. As a result, Timberline received a "silver medal" from the national survey.

Coming in second place in Idaho was Wood River High School in Hailey, with a 12-to-1 student/teacher ratio, 87 percent graduation rate and 39.9 college readiness index.

Other Idaho high schools receiving high marks were, in order: Renaissance High School in Meridian, McCall-Donnelly High School, Century High School in Pocatello, Capital High School in Boise, Sandpoint High School, Lewiston High School and Twin Fall High School. Each of those schools was awarded a silver medal. Aberdeen High School was awarded a bronze medal.

According to the Coeur d'Alene Press, one northern Idaho high school isn't too pleased with the rankings. Officials at Coeur d'Alene Charter Academy, which had previously appeared on the U.S. News list, was not included this year.

"I have spoken with people at the State Board of Education, at U.S. News and the firm that does their data collection," Charter Academy Principal Dan Nicklay told The Press."No one can tell me where we went. It's maddening to me."
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