Steamboat Springs High School nationally ranked

US News & World Report labels Steamboat as 23rd best in state

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— Steamboat Springs High School students’ strong academic performance landed the campus some national attention this week in a prominent magazine.

Principal Kevin Taulman said it was an honor to learn U.S. News & World Report ranked his campus 23rd best in Colorado.

“You don’t try and get these type of things, but it does show how wonderful and dedicated our staff is,” Taulman said. “We live in a very special community.”

The survey ranked 446 high schools in Colorado, and Aspen High School took the top spot.

Out of 22,000 high schools surveyed nationally, Steamboat’s ranked 719th in the nation. According to U.S. News & World Report, the schools were graded and ranked on their students’ participation rate and performance on Advanced Placement exams as well as reading and writing proficiency on standardized tests.

“As far as I know, this is the first time (Steamboat) has ever made that list,” said Marty Lamansky, Steamboat’s curriculum director and former assistant principal at the high school. “It was a pleasant surprise. It just speaks highly of the quality of the schools in the district to get to that level. It’s not that we strive to get these awards, it’s that we strive to achieve academic excellence.”

Lamansky said the ranking and the national recognition could make it easier for the district to pursue grant funding and continue to attract high-quality staff. Steamboat and 7 percent of schools nationwide also received a silver medal for its college readiness.

The full rankings can be viewed at www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210 or email scottfranz@SteamboatToday.com

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