U.S. News & World Report has released its annual ranking of best high schools in the nation, and Ocean Springs High School has earned the top spot in Mississippi.
OSHS ranked third in Mississippi each of the last two years.
The annual study looks at 22,000 public high schools in the United States, awarding gold, silver, or bronze medals depending on how the schools performed in the areas of state assessments, graduation rates and college preparedness of students.
OSHS ranked No. 1476 out of all of the schools examined in the study, placing the school among the top seven percent in the United States.
“You always want to see your school ranked highly on such lists, not because of the prestige of the ranking, but because you know that means your students are in a position to succeed in the future,” said Ocean Springs High School Principal Dr. Vickie Tiblier. “None of this is possible without the hard work of students, teachers, and administration, and none of this is possible without the support of our parents and our community. It’s truly a great day to be a Greyhound!”
In all, three schools in Mississippi received silver medals: OSHS, No. 2 Lewisburg, and No. 3 Petal High School. Pass Christian High School and Gulfport High School rounded out the top five, and Gautier High School checked in at No. 12.
“Being ranked as the No. 1 high school speaks volumes about the work of our students, teachers, and stakeholders,” said Ocean Springs School District Superintendent Dr. Bonita Coleman, who added that the timing of the news—during Teacher Appreciation Week—was quite fitting. “This type of achievement does not happen by accident; it happens through hard work and planning. While earning this ranking feels good, it feels even better knowing OSHS is providing students what they need to succeed in the future. However, we cannot rest. Our goal will be to continue to provide the best education possible for our students.”
According to its website, U.S. News & World Report used a four-step process to determine its rankings. The first step determined if a school’s students performed better than statistically expected of students in the state in reading and mathematics assessments.
The second step examined the performance of historically underserved students—black, Hispanic, and low-income students—to see if they performed at or better than the state average for such students.
The third step in the process looks at graduation rates. A school could only pass this step if they had a graduation rate of 80% or better.
Schools passing the first three steps were then judged nationally on the final step, a College Readiness Index. Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate test data concerning the percentages of students taking and passing these exams were used as the benchmark for success. OSHS produces a CRI of 33.3.