Brentwood High and Ravenwood High Tops in US

Two Williamson County high schools have been recognized as being among the top 500 best high schools in the nation and in the top 20 in the state for 2013, according to a U.S. News and World Report ranking released Tuesday.

Brentwood High was ranked at No. 227 and Ravenwood High at No. 474 in the nation among 21,000 public high schools from 49 states, including the District of Columbia.

Both schools were awarded gold medal status for being among the top 500 based on the highest levels of college readiness.

Neighboring Nashville magnet schools Hume-Fogg Academic High and Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet at Pearl High ranked No. 37 and No. 113 in the country, respectively.

Three other county high schools — Franklin, Page and Independence — earned silver medals for ranking among the next tier of schools delivering high levels of college-readiness coursework.

School rankings are also calculated within the state. Hume-Fogg, Martin Luther King Jr. and Merol Hyde Magnet School in Hendersonville claimed the top three spots. As magnets, the schools require students to meet academic criteria to gain entry.

Brentwood is the top non-selective high school in the state, followed by Ravenwood.

Here’s how county high schools stacked up in the state:

• No. 4: Brentwood High (227 in the nation).

• No. 5: Ravenwood High (474 in the nation).

• No. 8: Franklin High (1,012 in the nation).

• No. 15: Page High (1,316 in the nation).

• No. 17: Independence High (1,476 in the nation).

The Tennessean
By Maria Giordano

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