By Ryan Richardson
WEBB CITY, Mo. —
Webb City High School placed 17th in an academic survey of the 560 Missouri high schools that was compiled recently by U.S. News & World Report.
The 2013 rankings looked at student-teacher ratios, college readiness, and proficiency in both algebra and English.
Webb City Assistant Superintendent Trey Moeller said the ranking stems from the district’s focus on individual students.
“We don’t aim to meet the criteria that they laid out,” he said of the magazine’s survey. “We aim to prepare our students for the next step they will take in life. We want to do the right things for the right reasons and that means putting the resources in the students’ hands to do the best that they can.”
According to U.S. News and World Report’s survey, Webb City has a student-teacher ratio of 15:1, with 1,167 students to 77 teachers; the state average is 13 students to one teacher.
High schools also were given scores based on college readiness, which was determined by looking at both the percentage of seniors who were tested for and those who passed advanced placement exams. In Webb City, 32 percent of the seniors were tested; 15 percent passed.
Scores also were given to districts based on their proficiency in algebra (78 percent in Webb City) and English (83 percent).
Webb City scored above the state average in each of those areas.
Principal Tim Davied said credited the high school staff with the success.
“Our teachers know that every student at the school has worth and if they are struggling, we want to get them the tools to help them become the best student that they can become,” Davied said. “There isn’t a secret to being a great school. It’s a lot of hard work by the students, staff and faculty and it is rewarding to know their work pays off.”
No other Southwest Missouri schools were ranked.
Fort Scott, Kan., High School, which ranked 8th in Kansas, was the only high school in the top in that state’s rankings. No Northeast Oklahoma schools were in that state’s list of top high schools.
U.S. News and World Report collected data on more than 21,000 U.S. high schools. To learn more, or see how your district fared, go http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools.