Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation is proud to announce that Mt. Vernon High School (MVHS) has been ranked one of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best High Schools” in 2021. MVHS sits in the top 40% of the nation’s high schools and is now ranked 36th within Indiana and 15th in the Indianapolis metro area. The 2021 edition of Best High Schools includes a numerical ranking of nearly all public high schools nationwide – almost 18,000 of them. See the full U.S. News & World Report on Mt. Vernon High School HERE.
MVHS Principal, Mr. Casey Dodd, comments, "Receiving recognition like this for our school is always a wonderful thing as it is just one more representation of how hard our students and teachers work to achieve excellence. I do have to say that this year's ranking, and the fact that we improved our ranking from last year [ #17 in the central region and #64 in Indiana], is extra special considering the challenges we all faced at the end of last school year with the pandemic. I could not be more proud to be a part of the Marauder family!"
For this accolade, the U.S. News & World Report uses data from the 2018-2019 school year. During that year, the AP® participation rate at Mt Vernon High School was 55% and the college readiness index was at 41.2, nearly 10 points higher than the previous year. The college readiness index rank is based on the proportions of seniors who took and passed at least one AP exam. MVHS students’ National Percentile on College-level AP Exams was an incredible 88.0%. The graduation rate was 94%, averaging several percentage points above the state median.
The methodology in ranking the schools included collecting 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 2018-2019 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.
U.S. News calculated this data by summing each schools’ weighted scores across six indicators of school quality (college readiness, college curriculum breadth, math and reading proficiency, math and reading performance, underserved student performance, and graduation rate) then computed a single zero to 100 overall score reflective of a school's performance across these metrics. The overall scores depict how well each school did on a national percentile basis.
Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation is proud to share the success of Mt. Vernon High School's students, staff and leadership. Mt. Vernon High School has also been named a four-star school for the last four years in a row!