Cementing its position as one of the top high schools in both the state and country, Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS) has been named the eighth best public high school in Connecticut by US News & World Report in their listing of “Best High Schools” published this week. Moreover, LOLHS was ranked nationally at #429 and consequently, as one of the top 500 schools in the country, was awarded US News & World Report’s highest honor of a gold medal.
In terms of its Connecticut ranking, Lyme-Old Lyme had the highest ranking of any school in New London County with the only other schools in the county placed being Waterford High School at #41 and Fitch at #43. Although three schools in Fairfield County came ahead of Lyme-Old Lyme (Weston, Ridgefield and Wilton at 4th, 5th and 7th respectively),in a remarkable achievement, LOLHS came in ahead of Simsbury, Greenwich and Darien High Schools respectively at 9th, 10th and 11th places.
The top high school in Connecticut was the Connecticut IB Academy in East Hartford , with second place going to the Academy of Aerospace and Engineering at Hartford. Third place went to the Amistad Academy at New Haven and sixth position to Conard High School in West Hartford.
Other shoreline schools which received state rankings were Guilford at 22nd, Daniel Hand of Madison at 29th and Old Saybrook at 30th. Along with Fitch and Waterford, these schools all were awarded silver medals.
U.S. News evaluated more than 28,000 schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia to determine the top public high schools nationally. Five hundred high schools received gold medals, 2,173 schools earned silver and 3,545 took home bronze in the national rankings. Schools were ranked based on their performance on state assessments, their graduation rates and how well they prepare students for college. Click here to read full details of the methodology used by US News & World Report.