Best High Schools Rankings: Information for High School Officials

Get answers to questions about the 2013 Best High Schools rankings.


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9. May we issue a press release to publicize our school's ranking?

Yes, sending a press release to local news media is a great way to spread the word about your recognition. You may want to send the news to local newspapers, TV stations, radio stations, blogs and other relevant websites.

Don't forget to post it on your school's and school system's website, and of course, to notify parents, faculty and students. You may include a link to your profile page on the U.S. News website.

Here are a few guidelines to keep in mind:

• U.S. News & World Report evaluated government and private data for more than 21,000 public high schools across the country. We ranked more than 4,800 schools – only those that the data indicated were exemplary.

• Ranked schools were given a badge status of "gold," "silver" or "bronze" depending upon the strength of their national ranking.

• The content of is protected by copyrights, and its badges and other logos are trademarked creations protected under federal and state law. You may link to your school's profile on our website, make accurate references to your school's ranking or badge status and provide accurate descriptions of our Best High Schools rankings and methodology.

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• We ranked schools nationally and within each state. It would be inappropriate to refer to a school as being something such as "#1 in the county," because there is no such ranking. But "top-ranked high school in the county" would be appropriate.

• The Best High Schools rankings evaluate individual high schools, not entire school systems or localities. For example, there is no such thing as a Best High Schools school system or Best High Schools city.

So that information is as useful as possible to consumers and institutions, U.S. News may from time to time review claims made about its rankings and reserves the right to require changes to inaccurate or otherwise impermissible claims.