Shawnee Mission East, Northwest, South all named to Washington Post’s ‘Most Challenging High Schools’ list for 2017

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The annual high school ranking season has once again been kind to Shawnee Mission schools.

Shawnee Mission East, Shawnee Mission Northwest and Shawnee Mission South have all been named to The Washington Post’s list of the Most Challenging High Schools in Kansas.

Shawnee Mission East came in fifth in the state rankings, behind the Sumner Academy of Arts and Science, Blue Valley High, Blue Valley North and Blue Valley Southwest. Shawnee Mission Northwest was ninth and Shawnee Mission South was eleventh. The Olathe School District had two schools in the 12-school Kansas rankings: Olathe Northwest at number 10 and Olathe North at number 12.

All five Blue Valley schools made the list, with Blue Valley West and Blue Valley Northwest coming in at sixth and seventh, respectively. Manhattan High was the only school west of the Kansas City metro area to make the list, coming in at number eight.

The Washington Post list uses a relatively straightforward formula to calculate the index score that serves as the basis for the rankings. It takes the number of college-level tests, like Advanced Placement tests, at a school the previous calendar year and divides that figure by the number of high school graduates from that year. The rankings also take into account the number of students receiving free and reduced lunch assistance. You can find more information about the ranking methodology here.

In late April, U.S. News and World Report put Shawnee Mission East and Shawnee Mission South among the top ten high schools in the state in its annual rankings.

Both Shawnee Mission East and Shawnee Mission South made the Washington Post list in 2016, as well.

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Jay Senter
Jay Senter

Jay Senter is the founder and publisher of the Post.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in business at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where he worked as a reporter and editor at The Badger Herald.

He went on to receive a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas, where he earned the Calder Pickett Award. While he was in graduate school, he also worked as a reporter for the Lawrence Journal-World.