Eighth Best: the story of a fish and its pond

Jack Bandy

“I go to the eighth best high school in Kentucky” may soon become your most reliable pickup line. U.S. News named West High a “silver medal winner”, along with 1,789 high schools nation-wide, ranked behind 2,515 “gold medal” high schools. West ranked 8th in the state and 812th nationally.

Why not a gold medal? West’s “College Readiness Index” (CRI) is 36.6. Because this study was based on data from two years ago, this number accounts for the AP test participation rate and success rate of the class of 2011. To put things in perspective, the top 200 schools in the nation all had CRI’s above 60 — 100 being a perfect score.


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