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Mon County school takes top spot in W.Va. ranking

University High in Morgantown is the top-ranked high school in West Virginia according to a new ranking by Niche, a K-12 and college review website.

The school, along with No. 2 Morgantown High, gives Monongalia County Schools the top two slots in the state. The school system also earned an overall score of A minus, making it the highest ranked among West Virginia’s 55 counties.

Kanawha, the state’s largest school system, received a C plus despite having two top-10 schools.

Fairmont Senior, Bridgeport and George Washington, high schools in Marion, Harrison and Kanawha counties, round out West Virginia’s top five.

There are 100 schools on Niche’s West Virginia list.

According to Niche’s methodology, the rankings provide a comprehensive assessment of the overall experience at each high school by using government and public data as well as opinion-based survey responses from students, alumni and parents. Each rank is based on the quality of academics, health and safety, culture and diversity, resources and facilities, extracurriculars, sports and overall teacher grades.

A high rank indicates a school is an exceptional academic institution with diverse, high-achieving students who favorably rate their experience.

University High’s 1,200 students favorably ranked their school, saying its Advanced Placement courses and math and science teachers were distinguishing.

Nearly 23,000 traditional, magnet, charter and online schools across the country were analyzed, 15,265 of which received a grade. Out of the 14,431 ranked schools, the top honor was given to High Technology High School in Lincroft, N.J. The entire list can be found by clicking here.

No school from West Virginia made the top 100.

West Virginia’s public schools, as a group, earned the state an overall score of C minus.