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University City High Unranked in U.S News Report

U.S. News and World Report ranks the best high schools in the country each year.

went "unranked" in this year's U.S. News Report & World Report national ranking of best schools, per the list released Tuesday. The magazine did include the school's stats in an overview of all districts.

University City's neighbor  garnered the No. 2 spot this year among Missouri-based high schools on the list. Clayton School District is listed as No. 136 on the list's national ranking.

The annual assessment includes public, magnet and charter schools. Six of the top 10 schools were in the St. Louis area. In addition to Clayton, Metro Academic and Classical High School, , , and rounded out the local highlights. 

A PR Newswire release indicated the list will be one of the most extensive analyses and national rankings of U.S. public high schools ever published, with comprehensive profiles on nearly 22,000 public high schools and rankings of the nation's 4,877 highest-scoring schools.

As a comparison, here are U City's and Clayton's academic indicators from U.S. News & World Report. 

University City High School Clayton High School College Readiness Index 5.8 67.7 Algebra 1 Proficiency 1.8  2.7 English 2 Proficiency 2.5  3.5 Student/Teacher Ratio 14:1 10:1

Student Data

These counts and percentages of students and teachers are from data reported by schools to the government.

  • Total Enrollement — 1,055
  • Total Minority Enrollment (% of total) — 92 percent 
  • Total Economically disadvantaged (% of total) — 56 percent

To see the full report on University City's statistics, click here.

George Lenard May 10, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Misleading headline. After reading the methodology, I'd state the headline as: "University City High Performs Above State Averages in Math and English, Including For Least-Advantaged Students." "Unranked" means we were not in the top 4,877 nationally (of over 18,000) achieving gold, silver, or bronze status (so not in top 27%). Methodology was 3 steps: (1) whether students were performing better than statistically expected for average student in state, factoring in percentage of economically disadvantaged students; (2) whether school's least-advantaged students (black, Hispanic, and low-income) were performing better than average for similar students in state; (3) schools that made it through first two steps became eligible to be judged nationally on final step—college-readiness performance—using Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate test data as benchmarks for success, depending on which program was largest at school by computing a "college readiness index" based on AP or IB participation rate (number of 12th-grade students in 2009-2010 academic year who took at least one AP or IB test before or during their senior year, divided by number of 12th graders) and how well students did on those tests. Bottom line--UCHS made it through steps (1) and (2) and performed dismally on (3). Too few students are taking and passing AP tests (not just classes). Whether this is more good news than bad is open to debate, but headline suggests all bad, which is misleading.
Laura Filbert Zacher May 10, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Thank you for that clarification, George; it was very helpful. The target is clear and we know where to concentrate additional effort.
Stanford Carp May 10, 2012 at 04:16 PM
I have always wondered how much better students would do if they were not allowed to leave 1st grade until they could read and not leave 2nd grade until they could do basic 2nd grade math. Then do it again for grade levels 5 and 6. When I went to Jackson Park in the 50's I left 2nd grade not being able to read. Moved to Clayton, they realized my problem in a week. My parents paid for a tutor and by Christmas I caught up to the rest of the class. Fear of a child not advancing should help make the parents more involved as well as the kids. Responsibility for your kids to learn the basics is a must for the parents. If they can not read or do math let's get the parents help.
Kim May 11, 2012 at 03:34 PM
If you're going to compare UCity to Clayton, then at least list the student data for Clayton as well. And while you're at it, list the data for other neighboring districts, and especially those with similar numbers of disadvantaged students. This article serves only to perpetuate the idea that we have a schools problem in this country when, in fact, we have a poverty problem. And thank you George for filling in so much information that was left out of the article - I completely agree with you. We have GOT to get more kids taking AP classes, but the only to do that is for the parents to insist on it. My kids take plenty of AP, but not always by their own choice. If parents know that their kids can handle the rigor then they need to make sure that they are enrolled. UCity High sends kids to the Ivy Leagues just about every year. We have National Merit Scholars just about every year. This would not happen if the level of education were not good.
Akiva May 31, 2012 at 03:43 AM
@Kim "UCHS send kids to ilvy leagues just about every year" LOL sending 1-3 kids to ivy league schools while most of the seniors score an average of 18 on the ACT, the level of education is horrible to say the least. I should know I was a student who graduated this year and know the dismal state of education at UCHS.

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