Two Omaha-area districts are leading Nebraska in preparing students for college, according to rankings compiled by national publications.
All three Millard high schools — North, South and West — made the list of “America's best high schools” released last week by Newsweek magazine. The magazine ranked public schools only.
The Washington Post ranked the country's “most challenging” high schools, and all three Nebraska schools on the list of 2,054 were from the Omaha area: Millard North, Millard West and Westside.
Newsweek's ranking are based on six weighted factors: 25 percent, graduation rate; 25 percent, college acceptance rate; 25 percent, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests taken per student; 10 percent, average SAT/ACT scores; 10 percent on average AP, IB and AICE scores; and 5 percent on percent of students enrolled in at least one AP, IB or AICE course.
Millard North and Millard West were the only two Nebraska high schools on the Newsweek list last.
The Washington Post canvassed public and private high schools across the nation. Its rankings are based on a formula that took the number of AP, IB and AICE tests taken by students at a high school and divided it by the number of seniors who graduated the previous year.
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|How Area schools ranked|
|Newsweek's “America's Best”|
|900: Millard West|
|1,190: Millard North|
|1,726: Beatrice (Neb.)|
|1,728: Millard South|
|1,826: Whiting (Iowa)|
|1,849: Kearney (Neb.)|
|1,892: Sioux City (Iowa) North|
|Washington Post's “Most Challenging”|
|584: Millard North|
|1,261: Millard West|