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County schools make America top 500 list

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By Britney Tabor

Three Lewisville ISD high schools were among 500 ranked on Newsweek magazine’s America’s Top High Schools list released Wednesday. Flower Mound (No. 181), Marcus (No. 261) and Hebron (No. 299) high schools were the only Denton County schools to make the list. Texas was represented by 30 high schools on the list.

Annually, Newsweek releases a ranking of 500 high schools that excel in preparing students for college. Factors measured in determining rankings include graduation rate, college enrollment rates, scores and participation on national standardized tests, the full-time counselor-to-student ratio, dropout rates, enrollment in college courses during high school and state test scores.

The No. 1 ranked high school in America is Thomas Jefferson High in Alexandria, Virginia.

Newsweek on Wednesday also announced 500 high schools on its “Beating the Odds” list, and Hebron High School was listed as the No. 315 school.

The ranking recognizes schools that do an exceptional job at preparing students who come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds for college. Officials at Lewisville ISD officials say they’re excited about the recognition.

“It is especially exciting that we have three of our five high schools on this list, but we are especially proud of all five of our high schools and the work that they do to educate out more than 53,000 students districtwide,” said Brittany Whitacre, East Zone communications coordinator for Lewisville ISD. “This news is a great way to kick off the school year and is a great reflection of not only our students’ work but of our great teachers, faculty and staff at Lewisville ISD.”

To view the complete America’s Top High Schools and “Beating the Odds” lists, visit


BRITNEY TABOR can be reached at 940-566-6876 and via Twitter at @BritneyTabor.