Once again, several high schools in the Bellevue School District along with the International Community School in the Lake Washington School District have been ranked among the nation’s best.
Most recently, the International School and Newport High in Bellevue were among the top 100 on the list compiled by Newsweek magazine, along with Lake Washington’s International Community School. Two other Bellevue schools — Interlake High and Bellevue High — were ranked among the top 250.
On the U.S. News list, Bellevue’s International School was ranked ninth in the nation, followed by Lake Washington’s International Community School at 22nd and Bellevue’s Newport High at 91st place.
On the Washington Post’s Challenge Index, which focuses almost exclusively on how many students take Advanced Placement and other college-level exams, three Bellevue schools were in the top 100: Interlake High at 35th, the International School at 56th and Sammamish High at 99th.
Newsweek focuses on on-time graduation rate, percent of graduates accepted to college, and the number of Advanced Placement and other college-level exams that students take. U.S. News and World Report recognizes schools based on test scores, the performance of low-income and minority students, plus student participation in college-level tests.
Many other Washington schools were also recognized in all three rankings, although did not rank as highly as the Bellevue schools.
Bellevue officials credit their success to the fact that Advanced Placement classes are open to all students in their high schools, and 91 percent of all graduates complete one or more courses that are either Advanced Placement or part of the rigorous International Baccalaureate program.