San Juan Island School District is excited to announce that US News & World Report has ranked Friday Harbor High School no. 5 out of 587 high schools in Washington State, and no. 161 in the nation out of 21,035 high schools from 49 states and the District of Columbia (Nebraska was not included).
“This is good news”,” said Principal Fred Woods, “Our teachers work hard, as do our students, and we are very proud of the efforts of our school community to provide a strong educational foundation.”
Annually,US News and World Report ranks colleges, graduate schools, online programs and high schools using statistical analyses that includes performance on state assessments (taking into account the test scores of disadvantaged students), and then, nationally, college-readiness by student success in Advanced Placement (AP) programs.
This recognition includes designations of gold, silver or bronze medals to the top ranking high schools. Friday Harbor High School earned a gold medal, designating achievement in state assessments, college readiness and a ranking in the top 500 schools in the nation.
“I am pleased but not surprised given the quality of our district as a whole.” Principal Woods claimed.
Friday Harbor High School has recently been recognized in the areas of marine science, robotics, athletics, drama and art, through awards, competitions and highly acclaimed performances. In addition to recognition for Advanced Placement (AP)student performance, last year Friday Harbor High School was awarded the Washington State Achievement Award for Overall Excellence with a special recognition in language arts.