2021 U.S. News Best Schools

ISD 199 Schools Rank Highly in U.S. News 2021 Best Schools Lists
Posted on 12/05/2021
www.usnews.com/educationU.S. News & World Report released its school rankings for 2021 this fall. The publication’s Best Schools lists include national, state, and metro rankings for high schools and state rankings for middle and elementary schools. Simley High School, Pine Bend Elementary School, and the Atheneum Gifted Magnet Program ranked highly this year with Atheneum ranking No. 3 in Minnesota.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Minnesota’s public elementary and middle schools for grades kindergarten through 8th grade. The organization considered state test performance, school size, student-teacher ratios, and other similar data when ranking schools. Its Best Elementary Schools and Best Middle Schools lists only rank the top 75% of schools in each state.

Atheneum’s outstanding proficiency scores earned the school a ranking of No. 3 out of all of the traditional, charter, and magnet schools in Minnesota. In its ranking, U.S. News & World Report pointed out that 98% of students scored at or above proficiency level for math and 92% scored at or above proficiency level for reading. Click here to read the full U.S. News & World Report article. Pine Bend Elementary School also ranked relatively high at No. 369. Their rank puts the school around the top 30% of elementary schools in the state.

Simley High School regularly ranks highly on the U. S. News & World Report Best High Schools list. This year, Simley again broke into the top 25% of high schools in the nation, state, and metro area. The school ranked in the top 25% of traditional, charter, and magnet high schools in the U.S. It also ranked No. 73 in the state, putting Simley in the top 15% of all Minnesota high schools.

U.S. News & World Report noted Simley’s high participation in Advanced Placement (AP) coursework and exams. More than half of Simley students took at least one AP exam during 2021. The school is also highly ranked for how well it prepares students for college. The College Readiness Index measures how many students took and passed at least one AP exam during the year, and the College Curriculum Breadth Index measures how many students took and passed AP exams in multiple areas. Both Simley’s College Readiness Index and College Curriculum Breadth Index rank in the top 15% of U.S. high schools and the top 10% of Minnesota high schools.

Inver Grove Heights Schools strives to maintain a culture of high expectations that accelerates learning for all students. Great job to students and staff for all of the hard work they did during a year that was challenging for many. Go Spartans!