Gardner Edgerton High School ranks 1,908 out of more than 21,000 high schools nationwide, according to U.S. News and World Report. Among Kansas’ 369 public, charter and magnet schools, GEHS ranks no. 6.
The five state schools ranked ahead of GEHS include Sumner Academy of Arts and Sciences, Blue Valley North High School, Blue Valley High School, Olathe Northwest High School and Northeast Magnet High School in Wichita.
The six-spot marks a leap in the rankings for GEHS, which ranked no. 8 in the 2012 report. The school also earned a silver medal from the magazine – an honor bestowed on 7 percent of the schools. Two percent earned gold medals; 13 percent earned bronze.
U.S. News teamed with the American Institutes for Research (AIR) to evaluate school-specific data on  location, ethnicity, school type, and state assessment proficiency tests. AIR, a behavioral and social science research organization, used the information to create comprehensive rankings.
The methodology to determine the nation’s best public high schools is comprised of three steps. The first two steps ensure that the schools serve all their students well, by using the state proficiency standards as the measuring benchmark. For schools that make it past the first two steps, a third is used to assess “college readiness,” or the degree to which schools prepare their students in both participation in and passing of college-level coursework using the Advanced Placement® or International Baccalaureate tests as the standard.