This is the first time the designation has been achieved in the history of Middletown Public Schools and Middletown High School, according to Superintendent of Schools Michael Conner.
By earning a national ranking in the top 40 percent, Middletown High School achieved status as a U.S. News Best High School, the news release said.
The 2021 edition of Best High Schools includes a numerical ranking of nearly all public high schools nationwide — almost 18,000. There are rankings within each state and within each census-designated metropolitan area that has three or more high schools, as well as the Best STEM Schools ranking and comprehensive Best Charter Schools and Best Magnet Schools rankings.
Also published are rankings of high schools within each school district that has three or more high schools, the news release said.
MHS gained eligibility to display a 2021 Best High Schools award badge for this honor.
Hundreds of award-winning schools have displayed these badges to enhance school spirit and to maintain attendance levels that are often crucial to obtaining adequate state funding, according to U.S. News and World Report.
U.S. News has published detailed school-specific information on enrollment, graduation rates, student body demographics, location, school type and results of state assessments as well as Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate tests. For information, visit bit.ly/3nySQ6j.