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Florence-Carlton High School has been rated as the seventh best high school in the state by U.S. News and World Report.

The public high school will be awarded a bronze medal indicating their level of college readiness.

Superintendent Bud Scully said he is proud of the school and its ranking in Montana.

“That makes us No. 1 in the Bitterroot,” Scully said. “It is good for the staff, good for the school and good for the community. It shows we are doing the right things.”

In an email on Monday, he congratulated his staff for their ranking.

“Congratulations to all of you,” Scully said. “This is reflection on all staff as it takes everyone K-12 to produce outstanding students!”

This year, U.S. News ranked 5,948 public high schools based on student performance on state exit exams and internationally available exams on college-level course work (Advanced Placement exams).

The 2018 Best High Schools rankings were awarded with gold, silver and bronze medals.

In Montana, high school students must complete at least one credit in career and technical education to graduate and all juniors take the American College Testing (ACT) college entrance exam for free.

U.S. News ranks schools in four steps: 1. whether each school’s relative performance in its state reading and mathematics assessments exceeded expectations, 2. looking at performance of underserved students, 3. graduation rates and 4. whether students were prepared for college-level coursework.

According to the U.S. News website, data for this year’s rankings were based on the 2015-2016 school year.

“They are always a couple of years behind because they have to compile the graduation rates and the scores,” Scully said.

At FCHS, 30 percent of their 279 students took advanced placement course work and exams. The student body was 53 percent male and 47 percent female and the total minority enrollment was 7 percent. Florence-Carlton High School had a graduation rate of 91 percent, had 20 full-time teachers and was the only high school in the school district.

The 2018 other top ranked Montana schools are: No. 1, Gardiner High School; 2, Bozeman High School; 3, Sentinel High School; 4, Helena High School; 5, Whitefish High School and 6, Baker High School.

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