Central High School Tops in the Ozarks

Central High School has been named the top high school in the Ozarks in a survey published by U.S. News and World Report.

Central finished as the #31 high school in the state, and in the top 2500 nationwide.

The schools were ranked on six factors: college readiness, reading & math proficiency, reading and math performance, underserved student performance, college curriculum breadth, and graduation rates. The college readiness metric included International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement tests.

While Central was ranked as the top school in the region, and the only high school in the top 50 in the state, Central’s 82% graduation rate was nowhere near the top for the region. Marion C. Early High School had a 100% graduation rate, while Willard High School had a 98% graduation rate. Fordland High School’s rate was 97%, and at 96% were Kickapoo High School, Ozark High School, and Spokane High School.

The top 10 according to U.S. News and World Report’s overall metrics for the Springfield, MO metro area are:

  1. Central
  2. Ozark
  3. Fordland
  4. Bolivar
  5. Republic
  6. Glendale
  7. Kickapoo
  8. Marshfield
  9. Niangua
  10. Spokane

The top 5 schools were also in the top 100 for the state. Central was #31, OZark #51, Fordland #61, Bolivar #83, and Republic #92.

Notably missing from the list is Nixa High School, who released a statement to Ozarks Independent about the rankings:

If you saw the recent US News top high school rankings, you noticed that Nixa was not on the list. This is because the standardized test data that was used was the year that the state English 2 test data was not released and the English 1 test was optional. This meant that Nixa chose not to give an optional standardized test but resulted in Nixa not receiving any points in the English score on the US News rankings and knocked Nixa off the list.

We are consistently in the top scores in the region and state and were for the school year that the data was used, but because we chose not to give the optional standardized English test, we would not make the US News list.

The entire report is available at the U.S. News and World Report website.