Radnor Eighth-Best High School in State, Report Finds

Conestoga High School was the only local high school to beat out Radnor.

(Patch file photo)
(Patch file photo)

Radnor High School ranked eighth in the state in the 2014 U.S. News & World Report rankings, released this week.

Perennial winner Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School in Philadelphia again ranked first.

Nationwide, Radnor is the 525th best high school, U.S. News said.

Conestoga High School was the only local high school to beat out Radnor. Conestoga was ranked at No. 5.

Nearby, Great Valley High School was No. 10, Lower Merion High School was No. 15 and Harriton High School, also in the Lower Merion district, was No. 25.

Each year, U.S. News joins forces with the American Institutes for Research to evaluate schools on overall student performance on state-mandated assessments, as well as how effectively schools educated their black, Hispanic and economically disadvantaged students.

Performance on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams is used to determine the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work. 

Schools were ranked within each state, as well as on a national stage.

Click here to see the full rankings. 

Susan Michaelson April 25, 2014 at 10:25 PM
Resignation from the School Board. I have to admit that it's a temptation! In truth, it's not a good time to be a data-driven decision-maker in Radnor. On the current Board, pushing for consideration of the perspective of the taxpayers and the ENTIRE school community, as well as for clear and informed discussion about the financial effects of major initiatives hasn't gained much traction with the five people who control the four key committees, the board agenda, and a majority voting bloc. During last November's election, I tried hard to make it clear that Board leadership MATTERS! The past four months have been an object lesson in exactly how true that is. The real problem is that it takes about 3,000 votes to win township-wide in a School Board race. The candidates with the most friends win. If that results in good government, it's nothing more than a happy accident. For all who are not satisfied with the present state of affairs, rather than calling for mass resignations, it might be better to call for more thoughtful participation on the part of the voters of Radnor in November 2015.
Lamar Layfield April 26, 2014 at 07:26 AM
"It's not a good time to be a data-driven decision-maker in Radnor". So true, but when has it ever been thus?
Lamar Layfield April 26, 2014 at 07:33 AM
"We all suffer from this". Ever the jokester Radnor Mike. Suffer? Please...
Radnor Mike April 30, 2014 at 10:19 AM
Has everyone noticed that this gentleman never has anything factual to offer, so he always resorts to name calling. Very impressive! If he doesn't agree with your opinion- then he resorts to name calling. I feel sorry for you that you can't see what is happening with this Board and begin to even try to think of the impact their actions are having on Radnor. I stand firmly with my opinion that the majority on this Board vote as a political block, do not remotely understand the numbers and are not qualified to represent this fine community. The negligence aspect is that the majority will not at all listen to the Board members and citizens who do have the background and understand the numbers. I really believe a good number of concerned citizens/taxpayers had their eyes opened with the pathetic performance of the Full Day Kindergarten charade. The next election will certainly be impacted by the outrageous behavior and lack of critical decision making so clearly demonstrated.
Read the report! Kennett Square kicked Radnor's a$$! Even though Kennett Square ranked #7 and Radnor #8, the disparity in proficiency is amazing (particularly Math).....as is their higher ratio of students/teachers. The School Board owes an explanation to Radnor Township about what is being done to improve proficiency rates and to bring our teacher/student ratio's in line with the better performing schools.


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