West Linn was awarded the silver medal by the U.S. News and World Report in its yearly release of the “Best High Schools in America” list. West Linn was ranked 656th in the nation and eighth in Oregon.
The first 500 schools receive the gold medal and the next 1,500 receiving silver. There were 22,000 schools, from across the nation, considered for this list.
A three-step process is used to determine the rank of each individual high school.
1. A school’s student body is assessed to determine if it is performing better than statistically expected for the average student in each state.
2. They look at the schools least-advantaged students and decide whether or not they are exceeding expectations.
3. Finally they ascertain how effectively the high school is preparing the student body for college. They do so by taking a look at how many seniors take and pass Advanced Placement tests.