Commonwealth Journal

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April 28, 2014

In a Class of Their Own

Pulaski, Somerset & Southwestern among Kentucky’s finest high schools

Somerset —

All three local public high schools in the area have found themselves at the head of the class in Kentucky, according to the rankings of a prominent publication.
U.S. News & World Report, in its latest listings of the best high schools in the country, awarded “silver medal” status to Pulaski County High School and Southwestern High School of the Pulaski County School District, and to Somerset High School of the Somerset Independent School District.
All three made the list of 28 ranked for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Southwestern was the 21st best school in the state, according to the publication. Somerset was next at no. 23, and Pulaski County placed 27th.
The top five ranked schools — duPont Manual, North Oldham, Highlands, South Oldham and Beechwood — all received “gold medal” status, but only a select few beneath them qualified for silver, and local school officials were very pleased to be among that group.
“We’re very, very proud,” said Wes Cornett, principal of Somerset High School. “When you get that kind of distinction from an organization (like U.S. News & World Report), that’s one of the highest awards you can get. It brings to fruition all of our hard work.”
Schools outside the top 28 in Kentucky that made the list were given a “bronze ranking.”
In the national rankings, Southwestern placed no.1,517, Somerset no. 1,780, and Pulaski, no. 1,917.
According to U.S. News & World Report, all 31,242 public schools in the 50 states and District of Columbia were analyzed and evaluated on a specific set of criteria. These included:
• Whether the students at a school were performing better than what was statistically expected for an average student in that state;
• Number of economically disadvantaged and minority students to exceed statistic expectations;
• College-readiness performance, using Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate test data as benchmarks.

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