Sumner Academy of Arts and Science has been ranked the “best high school” in Kansas, and the “most challenging high school” in the state.
These rankings were announced this week by two renowned ratings programs that measure how well high schools prepare students for college, and student performance on Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate tests and state-mandated assessments, among other elements.
The Washington Post, as part of its “America’s Most Challenging High Schools,” gave Sumner a 72 percent rating for equity and excellence, and ranked it No. 1 in Kansas. Other local schools in the top five were Blue Valley North at No. 2, Shawnee Mission East at No. 3, Blue Valley at No. 4 and Blue Valley West at No. 5. Sumner has a 99 percent graduation rate and 69 percent of its graduates go on to attend four-year colleges. On a regional level, the Post ranked Sumner No. 19 in the Midwest.
U.S. News and World Report, as part of its 2013 Best High Schools rating system, gave Sumner a No. 1 spot in the state. In the nation, the school was ranked 64 out of 21,000 public high schools. These rankings are based on the number of advanced placement tests taken as well as student performance on these exams.
Retiring principal Gene Fite couldn’t be more proud.
“Sumner students have again risen to the challenge and outperformed their peers throughout the state according to both US News and the Washington Post,” Fite said in a news release. “Their focus and hard work, with the aid of an excellent teaching staff, again demonstrates that children in Kansas City, Kan., are the equal of anyone anywhere. It makes me proud to have served as their principal.”
- Story from Kansas City, Kan., Public Schools