Aurora school named one of nation’s top 500 high schools

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AURORA | Aurora’s Grandview High School was named one of the top 500 high schools in the country last week in Newsweek’s annual list of the best secondary schools in the nation.

Newsweek named Grandview the 414th-best school in the country for 2016. The school was not mentioned on the list in 2015.

The only Aurora high school to make the list, Grandview boasted a graduation rate of 91.9 percent, a college bound rate of 99 percent and an average ACT score of 23. The school’s ranking was likely buoyed by its high-rate of dual enrollment participation, which hit about 24 percent last school year.

Grandview joined other Colorado high schools in Denver, Parker, Highlands Ranch, Colorado Springs, Louisville, Broomfield and Fort Collins on the list. D’Evelyn Jr./Sr. High School in Denver was the best-ranked Colorado school mentioned in the report, with a ranking of 46.

The Cherry Creek School District high school earned a college readiness score of 75.1 on Newsweek’s scale. Based on a 100-point scale, the lowest college readiness score on the list was 68.6.

Newsweek ranked Thomas Jefferson HS for Science and Technology in Virginia as the best high school in America this year.