Posted on: Jul 25 2017 By: Alvin Buerkle
U.S. News and World Report rated Sweet Grass County High School among top 5 high schools in Montana this last April. The publication annually ranks schools throughout the nation based on how their students perform on state-required tests and how well they prepare students for college. College preparation includes ACT test results and criteria related to how many students participate in and successfully pass tests in the Advanced Placement program. In addition the ratings take into account graduation rates. These ratings are based on results of 2015-16 testing results.
U.S. News rates over 28,000 public schools in the U.S. There is not a quota system for each state as the number of schools receiving ratings is determined at a national level. The state of Montana had one gold rated school, seven silver rated schools, and nineteen bronze rated schools. SGCHS was a silver rated school with the fifth highest score for the state and was the highest rated class B school in the state as the other schools rated higher included two Class C schools, one Class A school, and one AA school. In terms of national ranking, SGCHS was in the top 10% with a rating of 2208 out of 28,496 rated schools.
This is the second silver rating for SGCHS in a row in the U.S. News process as in 2015 it received a third place rating in Montana. The award is a reflection on the curriculum and instruction delivered by the entire staff of SGCHS, along with the work ethic instilled in students by the community. Congratulations to the students and staff of SGHCS and the community of Big Timber/Sweet Grass County.