Bedford High ranks fourth in state in best high schools report by U.S. News

Bedford High School students and staff celebrated an honor bestowed upon their school by U.S. News’ Best High Schools report. The school is ranked fourth among 22 schools in New Hampshire.

That puts the school in the Silver Medal category, based on students’ mastery of college-level material as determined on a College Readiness Index.

The top school named was Hopkinton High School in Contoocook. Second place went to Profile Senior High School in Bethlehem. Third-place winner was Hanover High School.

The report, released in April, notes that students at Bedford High have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement course work and exams. A full 36 percent of the student body – 52 percent male and 48 percent female – participate in advanced placement work.

The schools were selected on the basis of New England Common Assessment Program test results.

According to online information from the N.H. Department of Education, NECAP is a collaborative partnership among New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island and Maine established in response to the No Child Left Behind Act. It requires an annual achievement measurement of students in grade school, middle school and high school.

Additional findings from U.S. News & World Report provide an overview of Bedford High School. The section states that Bedford High has a national ranking of 1,262.

In the running were 19,411 public high schools. Many more schools had either too few students or too little data to be eligible for the rankings. The initial pool analyzed included 31,242 public high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

“Our community has supported us with the resources necessary for a high-quality educational experience,” said Bill Hagen, Bedford High School principal. “Our students and staff have earned this recognition and the school’s reputation for excellence.”

For more information on the educational programs at Bedford High School, call 310-9000.