DHS earns top spot in Iowa rankings

Decorah High School (DHS) has been rated #1 in Iowa, according to a U.S. News and World Report.

Decorah High School (DHS) has been rated #1 in Iowa and #634 out of nearly 18,000 public high schools ranked from across the country, according to a U.S. News and World Report finding released Tuesday, April 27.
 “We are truly honored and humbled to be recognized by U.S. News and World Report as the number one high school in the state of Iowa,” said Decorah High School Principal Kim Sheppard said. “This honor is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of our staff as they challenge our students on a daily basis and of the manner in which our students have responded. Thanks are extended to our parents, community members and school board for their support. We are also very aware that the honors we have received would not be possible without the solid educational foundation that has been put in place by all staff members who have previously worked with our students. It is truly a team effort and would not happen without the efforts of all.”
Schools were ranked on their performance on state-required tests, graduation rates and how well they prepare students for college. Thirty-nine percent of DHS students took at least one AP® (Advanced Placement) test, and 29% passed at least one. Ninety-one percent of students are proficient in math, and 95% in reading. The graduation rate is 96%. With all factors considered, DHS accrued an overall score of 96.45 out of 100.
“This is a wonderful reflection of our students, staff, parents, and community,” added Decorah Community School District Superintendent Mark Lane. “We have shared values around learning, hard work and a well-rounded student experience. We are honored to receive this recognition and feel lucky to serve our awesome students, families, and community.”
More information about the breakdown of Decorah High School’s rankings can be found at https://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/iowa/districts/decorah-community-school-district/decorah-high-school-7588.

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