Eastern Iowa schools dominated two national high school rankings released this week.
Eight Iowa schools, seven from the eastern part of the state, were represented in Newsweek magazine’s “America’s Best High Schools” list of the 1,000 top public high schools in America.
They are: Iowa City West (ranked 462nd overall), Cedar Rapids Washington (723), Cedar Rapids Kennedy (842), Iowa City High (880), Cedar Falls (886), Decorah (972), and Mid-Prairie in Wellman (999).
Ames High School came in at 791.
The rankings are based on graduation rate, college matriculation rate, test scores and Advanced Placement courses offered per student.
The Washington Post also released the results of its annual “High School Challenge,” which included five Iowa schools, three from Eastern Iowa. Out of 1,900 top schools, Washington came in at 357, Kennedy at 643 and West at 1,210.
The other two Iowa schools on the list were Ames, at 831, and Des Moines Roosevelt, at 1,185,
The Post’s methodology used many of the same statistics as Newsweek, but with a greater emphasis on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses.