WMRHS ranked No. 8 in state by U.S. News and World Report

May 07, 2014
WHITEFIELD — WMRHS was ranked No. 8 in the state of New Hampshire by "U.S. News and World Report," making it one of 13 "Silver Medal" recipients in 2014.

The magazine's overview description points out that "students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement course work and exams. The participation rate at WMRHS is 32 percent." Its student body is 50 percent female and 50 percent male, with a total minority enrollment of only two percent. Free and reduced-price lunch data, based on federal guidelines, indicates that 39 percent of students are economically disadvantaged.

Test scores indicated that 83 percent are proficient in reading, determined by student results on a single test — the New England Common Assessment Program — taken in the junior year, and less than half that — 36 percent — proficient in math; both these scores are slightly better than the state's average, however. And, importantly, these results reflect only a small gap between those who are disadvantaged economically and those who are not. The College Readiness Index, based on AP exam scores, was tallied at 25.

The student-teacher ratio is 10:1 — 426 students and 43 teachers.

WMRHS is listed as having a total enrollment of 426 students: 119 freshmen; 106 sophomores; 108 juniors and 93 seniors.

New Hampshire has 84 high schools and is home to 22 schools ranked among the 2013 U. S. News Best High Schools: 13 Silver Medal schools and nine Bronze Medal. Starting with the no. 1 listing, the Top Ten high schools are: Hopkinton; Profile Senior (Bethlehem); Hanover; Bedford; Bow; Exeter; Goffstown; WMRHS; Portsmouth; and Plymouth.

Kennett is ranked no. 11.

WMRHS ranked no. 3 in the state in 2013.

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