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Wichita school makes magazine's list of top public high schools in Kansas

East High student Justin Lewis celebrates with his classmates at a basketball game in 2016. The Wichita high school made a list of the top 10 public high schools in Kansas, according to U.S. News & World Report.
East High student Justin Lewis celebrates with his classmates at a basketball game in 2016. The Wichita high school made a list of the top 10 public high schools in Kansas, according to U.S. News & World Report. The Wichita Eagle

East High School in Wichita once again made the list of top 10 public high schools in Kansas, according to a ranking released Wednesday by U.S. News & World Report.

Wichita's oldest high school — home to the district's International Baccalaureate program — ranked seventh in the state and was designated a silver-medal school in a list dominated by Kansas City-area high schools.

Two other Wichita-area schools placed in the top 20 in Kansas — Andover Central at 15th and Wichita Northwest at 16th. Campus High School in the Haysville district ranked 22nd, and Newton High School ranked 25th.

U.S. News & World Report and RTI International, a nonprofit social science research firm, evaluated schools based on whether students performed better than statistically expected for students in the state; whether historically underserved students — black, Hispanic and low-income — perform at or better than the state average for underserved students; graduation rates; and a "college readiness index," which was based on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate test data.

East High, at Douglas and Grove, consistently ranks among the top schools in the state. It was named the best public high school in Kansas in 2014.

Blue Valley North High in Overland Park once again ranked No. 1 in the state, according to the magazine.

The other schools in the state's top 10 were Blue Valley High in Stilwell, Shawnee Mission East, Blue Valley West, Blue Valley Northwest, Manhattan High School West/East Campus, Olathe Northwest, Shawnee Mission South and Shawnee Mission Northwest.

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