PAHS in USN&WR ranking

Port Aransas High School was ranked 1,181 out of 17,843 schools ranked by U.S. News & World Report, according to a news release by the magazine on Tuesday, April 26.

The magazine reviewed some 24,000 schools in the U.S.

Overall, Texas high schools ranked 17th out of 19 that were ranked, with a tie for 19th.

“Wonderful,” PAHS Principal David Swartwout said when told by a reporter of the ranking.

“Oh wow,” he said when told the ranking was out of 24,000 schools reviewed and nearly 18,000 ranked.

“I’m very proud of the staff and students because we are the sum total of those two big pieces, and the community as well,” Swartwout said. “It’s the community, teachers’ and students’ relationship that makes us special for this area and this region.”

Eric Brooks, principal data analyst at U.S. News, said in the news release, that “The Best High Schools rankings take a comprehensive approach to evaluating schools.”

“Looking at factors like graduation rates and underserved student performance, families can use this information to learn more about their local schools.”

According to the release, the methodology focuses on six factors: college readiness, reading and math proficiency, reading and math performance, underserved student performance, college curriculum breadth and graduation rates. College readiness specifically measures participation and performance on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams, and underserved student performance focuses on students who are Black, Hispanic, or from low-income households. For the first time, science proficiency and performance also was incorporated into the methodology for states where science assessment data was available. Along with the national rankings, U.S. News also published rankings at the state, metro and school district levels

The Best High Schools rankings are available exclusively on and include data on a variety of factors, such as enrollment, student diversity, participation in free and reduced price lunch programs, graduation rates and the results of state assessments. U.S. News worked with RTI International, a global research firm, to implement the comprehensive ranking methodology. For more information, go to usn_ pr.

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