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Two Mission CISD high schools ranked as best in America


Mission, Texas- The annual rankings are out, and Mission Consolidated Independent School District (CISD) has two high schools on the list of Best High schools in America.

Mission Collegiate High School (MCHS) is officially one of the Best High Schools in America for the fifth year in a row, according the rankings done by U.S. News and World Report, placing them in the top 300 in the country.

MCHS has been ranked among the best in the country by U.S. News and World Report the past four years, jumping in rank over time. This year, MCHS jumped from 336 in the country last year to 257, while the pool of high schools included in the ranking increased over 2,700 to more than 17,000 schools. In addition to its place among the best in the country, the publication ranks MCHS at number 43 out of the more than 1,700 high schools in Texas.

Joining MCHS on the national list of Best High Schools in America for the first time is Veterans Memorial High School (VMHS). VMHS is now ranked among the top 30% of high schools in the country evaluated by U.S. News and World Report.

“We could not be more proud of the students and staff at Mission Collegiate High School and Veterans Memorial High School,” said Dr. Carol G. Perez, superintendent of schools. It is a wonderful reflection of all their hard work and that excellence resides right here in Mission Consolidated Independent School District.”

U.S. News and World Report dramatically changed its methodology used in the rankings this year. They indicate they improved the ranking methodology to measure school performance using a more sophisticated approach. U.S. News and World Report evaluated more than 23,000 public high schools. Rankings were based on: how schools did on state-required tests, graduation, and how well they prepare students for college. Six ranking indicators are used to produce the school’s overall score. They are: college readiness, 30%; college curriculum breadth, 10%; Math and Reading proficiency, 20%; Math and Reading performance, 20%; underserved student performance, 10% graduation rate, 10%.

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