SALT LAKE CITY — Six public charter schools and four district high schools have been rated as Utah’s top high schools, according to U.S. News and World Report’s 2020 “Best High Schools” rankings.
Ranked third was Academy for Math Engineering and Science, or AMES, which shares a campus with Cottonwood High School in Murray.
Rounding out the top five were Northern Utah Academy for Math Engineering and Science in Layton and Skyline High School, a Granite School District school in Millcreek.
Ben Horsley, spokesman for Granite School District, said the district is pleased by the efforts made by the Skyline High School’s students and staff resulting in the recognition.
“They’re one of the preeminent schools in the state of Utah and we can directly attribute their success to English language arts and math scores jumping by about 13% this last year. We’ve seen a ton of growth not just here in Granite School District but also specifically at Skyline and we’re very appreciative of the efforts their instruction leaders and their students whose commitment to excellence is renown,” Horsley said.
Schools ranked six through 10 included Canyons District’s Corner Canyon High School in Draper; Itineris Early College High School in West Jordan; Timpview High School in Provo School District; American Preparatory Academy in Draper and Davis District’s Davis High School in Kaysville.
InTech Collegiate High School has ranked in the top 10 of the rankings seven times in the past nine years, four times as No. 1.
“While we don’t buy in to the belief that any single ranking system can fully capture a school’s performance, we are gratified to be recognized again by U.S. News for the achievement of our students and the efforts of our faculty,” said Principal Jason Stanger.
U.S. News’ ranking system considers college readiness, the breadth of the school’s college curriculum; math and reading proficiency; the performance of underserved students as well as graduation rates.