Recently ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 “Best High School” report out of more than 600 high schools in North Carolina, Gray Stone Day School found itself in the top 10.
Gray Stone is ranked ninth in the state this year, a marked improvement from last year, when the school came in at number 24 in the state. It is also the highest ranked school in the Charlotte metropolitan area.
The school, which opened in 2002 and is on the Pfeiffer University campus in Meisenheimer, received high national scores: it was ranked 540 out of nearly 18,000 high schools nationwide – up from number 820 last year – and number 1. But was. Nationally, there are 116 of more than 2,800 charter schools, an improvement from last year’s 164th place.
By earning a national ranking in the top 40 percent, Gray Stone achieved status as a US News Best High School and qualified to display the US News-trademark 2022 Best High School Award “badge”, according to a US news press release. according.
Helen Nance, Chief Administrative Officer of Gray Stone, said, “I am very proud of everyone who helped make Gray Stone Day a competitive school for rural area students looking to attend a four-year college is.”
“Even though we are in a rural area, the students and teachers have worked really hard to achieve this goal,” she said. “Grey Stone has a mission and it is to prepare students from rural areas to compete with students coming from urban areas like Charlotte, Atlanta or Boston. We definitely prepare students for college fulfilling its mission.”
The school scored 96.97 out of a total of 100 – one mark more than the previous year. As Gray Stone reports, 97 percent of students took at least one Associated Press exam, while 71 percent passed at least one test — an improvement compared to 50 percent of students who passed last year. It had an 87 percent proficiency in mathematics and a 95 percent graduation rate.
US News & World Report released its annual nationwide and state-by-state rankings earlier this week.
The ranking system rates high schools on factors such as student performance on math, reading, and science state tests; graduation rate; And how many students attempted and passed the advanced placement exam.
Gray Stone’s highest score was for college readiness—defined by the report as the proportion of 12th graders who took and passed at least one Associated Press or IB exam—where it ranked seventh in the state and 250 in the country. .
Stanley Early College was the highest-rated Stanley County public school in the state, coming in at number 266, followed by West Stanley (number 374 in the state), South Stanley (number 387), North Stanley (number 388). and Albemarle, which ranged between numbers 428–434. Stanley Academy Learning Center and Stanley County Virtual Education were both unranked.
Stanley Early College, West Stanley, South Stanley and North Stanley each had at least 91 percent graduation rates while Albemarle had 86 percent.
For more information about North Carolina rankings, visit www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/north-carolina.