The U.S. News & World Report rated Mt. Vernon High School (MVHS) as #21 in the state out of 413 public schools, and #1,613 in the nation out of 21,150 public schools. The Marauders were given a silver award; only 33% of the schools received either a gold, silver, or bronze award. See the full report linked here. MVHS was the highest ranked high school in the county.
MVHS students ranked high on the college readiness index with a 29.6. Part of the criteria factored that 50% of students were tested in Advanced Placement (AP) courses, and 23% passed AP exams. MVHS also scored high in Algebra Proficiency with 2.7, referencing that 70% of students were proficient. English also scored high with a 2.8 and 83% proficient.
The 2012-2013 MVHS data that was used indicated that the MVHS student body makeup was 49% male and 51% female, and the total minority enrollment was 15%. The total enrollment was 1,119 with 15% minority enrollment and 22% economically disadvantaged. There were 53 teachers that serve the student body in 2012-2013.
The methodology in ranking the schools collected data from the nation’s state departments of education, and used public high schools that had 12th grade enrollment of 15 or greater or sufficient enrollment in other high school grades during the 2012-2013 school year. The Common Core of Data, College Board (particularly for the AP test data), International Baccalaureate data, and the statewide accountability proficiency test results were used as measurements for school data.
Private schools are frequently not required to take the statewide accountability tests, so therefore they were not included in the rankings.
According to the U.S. News Best High Schools methodology, a Best High School is one that succeeds at the following steps:
Step 1: Attains performance levels that exceed statistical expectations given the school's relative level of student poverty, as measured by state accountability test scores for all the school's students in the core subjects of reading and math.
Step 2: Achieves proficiency rates on state tests for its least advantaged student groups that exceed state averages.
Step 3: Prepares its students for college, as measured by student participation in and performance on AP exams or International Baccalaureate exams.
In comparison with other states, Indiana received the 19th highest percentage of gold and silver awards out of the 50 states and District of Columbia. Maryland led the states, followed by California and Connecticut.