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7 Lehigh Valley schools among the top 100 in Pa.: U.S. News & World Report

The Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts
Will Oliver
The Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts, located at 321 E. 3rd St. in South Bethlehem.

  • 7 Lehigh Valley area high schools earned a ranking in the top 100 schools in the state
  • Schools included were ranked nationally and by state
  • The U.S News & World Report partnered with research firm RTI to collect the results

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Seven schools in the Lehigh Valley have earned rankings in the Top 100 high schools in the state of Pennsylvania, according to research conducted by the U.S News & World Report.

The high schools listed in the rankings were chosen from 17,680 nationwide as “those whose students demonstrated outstanding outcomes above expectations in math, reading and science state assessments, earned qualifying scores in an array of college-level exams, and graduated in high proportions,” the U.S. News website said.

In order to draw these conclusions U.S. News teamed up with RTI International, an independent nonprofit research institute, in reviewing and ranking thousands of public high schools.

The U.S. News website said the ranking includes public high schools with a 12th-grade enrollment of 15 students or greater, "or otherwise had sufficient enrollment in other high school grades" to be analyzed during the 2020-21 school year.

The researchers tabulated the scores using six categories, with each carrying various weights in the final outcome. They included college readiness (30%), college curriculum breadth (10%), state assessment proficiency (20%), state assessment performance (20%), underserved student performance (10%) and graduation rate (10%).

“This is the count of public high schools that had a 12th grade enrollment of 15 students or greater, or otherwise had sufficient enrollment in other high school grades, during the 2020-2021 school year to be analyzed."
U.S. News & World Report

  • Lehigh Valley Academy Regional Charter School ranked 40 in Pa.
  • Southern Lehigh High School ranked 70 in Pa.
  • Saucon Valley High School ranked 72 in Pa.
  • Nazareth Area High School ranked 80 in Pa.
  • Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts ranked 91 in Pa.
  • Parkland High School ranked 92 in Pa.
  • Wilson Area High School ranked 96 in Pa. (edited)

In a statement commenting on the rankings, Executive Director of Charter Arts, Christina Lincoln said, " The U.S. News & World Report ranking places the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts (Charter Arts) in the company of several high-achieving high schools in the Lehigh Valley. We extend our congratulations to all of these schools […]."
For more on the rankings of other Pennsylvania schools in the U.S. News & World Report, click here.