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Steamboat Springs High School ranked among state’s elite

— Although its ranking slipped slightly from last year, Steamboat Springs High School once again was recognized by a national magazine as one of the premier high schools in the state.

The U.S. News & World Report released its annual ranking of high schools across the United States in late April, listing Steamboat as the 27th-best in Colorado. It's the third-consecutive year the school has been ranked.

Ranking is based on a variety of factors, including criteria of student-teacher ratio, college readiness as determined by the number of seniors who took AP exams as well as proficient scores on state assessments in reading and math.

Last year, Steamboat was ranked the 20th-best high school in Colorado and was ranked 23rd the year before that.

In a news release, Steamboat Springs School District Curriculum Director Marty Lamansky said U.S. News teamed up with Washington, D.C.-based American Institutes for Research, analyzing data from 31,242 public high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Of those 31,242, there were 19,411 public schools across the country that had high enough 12-grade enrollment and sufficient data from the 2011-12 school year for ranking eligibility, Lamansky said.

Colorado had 458 public, charter and magnet schools ranked. Steamboat's 27th-place ranking put it in the top 7.5 percent of all high schools scored. Of the solely public school draw, Steamboat ranked 19th, putting it in the top 6 percent in Colorado.

"Having achieved this honor for three consecutive years demonstrates our commitment to a consistent and long track record of academic excellence for all of our students," Lamansky said in the release.

The district curriculum director also noted in the release that U.S. News & World Report conducts a national ranking, with Steamboat Springs High School listed in the top 5.4 percent of all high schools in the country.

"Our achievement scores have been growing steadily over the years, and the number of students taking advance placement courses has gone up 75 percent in the last three years," Steamboat Springs High School Principal Kevin Taulman said.

The full Colorado high school ranking can be viewed here.

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