Three Marion County high schools receive U.S. News recognition

Posted on: May 15, 2015

Three Marion County public high schools – Belleview, Lake Weir, and West Port – earned bronze medals and national recognition on the 2015 US News Best High Schools listing released earlier this week. The magazine reviewed nearly 20,000 eligible schools nationwide and awarded 500 gold, 2,027 silver, and 3,990 bronze medals based on performance on state assessments and how well schools prepare students for college. In Florida, 911 high school made this year’s list including Belleview, Lake Weir, and West Port. These three local schools -- now designated as Bronze Medal schools – earned enough points based on three factors: 1) How students performed compared to students elsewhere in Florida; 2) How disadvantaged students outperformed other disadvantaged students in the state; and 3) College-ready performance based on Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) scores. Lake Weir and West Port have earned the same national recognition for at least the last three years. This national recognition follows the Washington Post’s “Most Challenging High Schools” list last month which included all seven traditional Marion County public high schools including Belleview, Dunnellon, Forest, Lake Weir, North Marion, Vanguard and West Port.

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