Independence, West Charlotte and Providence high schools were honored for consistently outperforming state standards.
U.S. News & World Report recognized three CMS high schools in the “America’s Best High Schools 2010” report. Independence, West Charlotte and Providence high schools were honored for consistently outperforming state standards.

This is the third year the publication, in collaboration with School Evaluation Services, has analyzed academic and enrollment data from nearly 22,000 public high schools to find the very best across the country. U.S. News looked at three criteria when choosing the top schools. First, whether schools attain performance levels that exceed statistical expectations, based on the school’s relative level of student poverty, on reading and math test scores. Second, experts examined whether the least-advantaged students exceeded state averages on tests. Finally, researchers looked at how a school prepares its college-bound students based on student scores on statewide tests, Advanced Placement tests, and International Baccalaureate tests.

The top schools were placed into gold, silver, bronze or honorable mention categories. The top 100 schools in the country that met all three criteria received gold medals.

Independence High received a silver medal, which the publication awarded to the remainder of the top-performing high schools in the country.

West Charlotte High received a bronze medal for meeting researchers’ first two criteria – exceptional performance given the school’s level of student poverty and high proficiency on state tests for its least advantaged student groups.

Providence High received an honorable mention for achieving very high levels of college readiness. This is the third year U.S. News & World Report has ranked high schools; Providence High was the first CMS school to be recognized when it received an honorable mention last year.