Eisenhower, West Earn ‘Gold Badges’, Considered Among State’s and Nation’s Top High Schools, According To U.S. News and World Report’s 2018 Rankings

New Berlin, Wis. – The School District of New Berlin’s two high schools are among five Wisconsin high schools and 500 high schools nationwide to earn gold badges in the 2018 Best High Schools list released this week by U.S. News & World Report.

New Berlin Eisenhower and West continue to rank among the top high schools in the state and nationally, according to the publication. Eisenhower moved from sixth in Wisconsin last year to second this year, whileWest enjoyed a seven-spot climb in the rankings from 11th in 2017 to fourth this year.

Both schools, along with Wisconsin’s other top-five schools (Whitefish Bay – first; Cedarburg – third; Homestead – fifth), earned the publication’s national gold medal, which is given to the top 500 schools across the country.

“We are extremely proud to have two of the top high schools in Wisconsin once again, and feel this is an accolade our entire community can take pride in,” Superintendent Joe Garza said. “Rankings like these are a result of the hard work and dedication of our students and staff, alike, from the elementary levels through our high schools. Our staff works tirelessly to prepare our students for college, careers and life, and our students continue to respond.”

The U.S. News & World Report’s rankings methodology is based on four criteria:
- Students exceed expectations in their state;
- Underserved students perform better than the state average;
- Student graduation rates meet or exceed a national standard of 80 percent or higher;
- Students are prepared for college-level coursework.

The publication looks at reading and math proficiency results for all students, as well as for economically disadvantaged students. It also calculates a college readiness index based on a school’s AP participation rate and how well the students did on those tests.

“We believe all our students leave Eisenhower and West college, career and life ready,” Garza said. “We believe strongly in the educational system we have in our district, and hope to continue to provide to all students educational opportunities that give them a competitive edge after high school.”

To read the full methodology and see Wisconsin’s full list of high schools, click here

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