For the third consecutive year, Waynesville High School has been named among the U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best High Schools. The rankings were released Tuesday morning.
WHS was ranked 61 out of 603 high schools in Missouri and was the highest-ranking high school in the Ozarks Conference and #1 in the Fort Leonard Wood region. The rankings are based on the percentage of students who take Advanced Placement (AP) courses and pass AP exams, mathematics proficiency, reading proficiency, and graduation rates. “We have outstanding students and staff and we are happy to again receive this recognition,” said Dr. Brian Henry, superintendent. “I am particularly proud because we are one the most diverse school districts in rural Missouri and the single most heavily military impacted school district in the state.” Schools ranked in the top 40% nationally (#7,143 or better) achieved status as U.S. News Best High Schools and are eligible to display U.S. News-trademarked 2021 Best High Schools award badges.