Six Area Schools Recognized as '2010 Best High Schools in America'

By: The U.S. News & World Report
By: The U.S. News & World Report

A well-respected national magazine has selected 6-local highs schools as some of the best in the nation.

The U.S. News & World Report has issued its 2010 list of Americas Best High Schools. The survey analyzed almost 22,000 public high schools in 48 states and the District of Columbia, using a three-step process. The first two steps ensured the schools serve all their students well, using state proficiency standards as the benchmarks, in Florida’s case that's the F-CAT. If the schools made it past the first two steps, the third step assessed how well the schools prepare their students for college-level work.

U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools
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Holmes Co.
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Holmes C. Bonifay Bronze
Ponce de Leon Bronze

Jackson Co.
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Graceville Bronze
Malone Bronze

Okaloosa Co.
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Baker Bronze
Laurel Hill School Bronze

The top schools were placed into gold, silver, bronze, or honorable mention categories. All of the schools that made the list from our area were "bronze schools. From Holmes County: Holmes County High School in Bonifay and Ponce de Leon School made the grade. In Jackson County, Graceville High School and Malone High School both scored a bronze, in Okaloosa County: Baker High School and Laurel Hill School made the list.


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  • by Malone Girl Location: Malone,Fl on Dec 17, 2009 at 07:09 AM
    I say dont hate. Not all these schools are that small.Its not our fault that Bay County schools arent on the level as the rest of us. Why can you just be happy for us.."crabs in a bucket huh?
  • by Anonymous Location: malone on Dec 15, 2009 at 03:22 PM
    We are a small school yes, but we have full classrooms up to at least 16 to 22 per class. We have worked really hard to achieve this
  • by Ima Location: Teacher on Dec 15, 2009 at 12:22 PM
    It's not really a class size issue in my opinion. I've taught in Bay county and now teach in Jackson. Classes are about the same size, but parent involvement and and having a close community makes a world of difference. Students are far better in class if they have have to be accountable for their performance and actions at school, at home and in the community. I'm sure this isn't the only reason for the difference in performance but from my experience small towns have a great advantage in this area. Now getting qualified teachers... well that's another issue.
  • by Fran Location: Jackson County on Dec 15, 2009 at 11:35 AM
    The smaller towns have shown to have more input in the schools. The students are held accountable for all of their actions not only by the schools but by their families. There is more family involement whcich gives kids more pride and the determination to do their very best in school and in the community. Size matters but also you have to have family involement to create excellence in education.
  • by facthird1 Location: Lima, Peru on Dec 15, 2009 at 05:49 AM
    All of these schools are in smaller towns. Why is that? Could it be because they have less students per class? The classrooms here in Bay County are to large. The more individual attention you can give to each student, the more likely they are to succeed. Come on Bay County, get your act together. Give the teachers what they need to make everyone successful.
  • by Not Surprised on Dec 15, 2009 at 05:29 AM
    Not One Bay Co. School, Huh?
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