"Of the Tennessee schools in the 2018 U.S. News Best High Schools rankings, five were awarded gold medals, 19 earned silver medals and 82 received bronze medals.", a U.S. News & World Report spokesperson explained.
More than 20,500 high schools were evaluated by U.S. News, with 5,948 of them receiving national recognition.
The U.S. News rankings compared 20,548 high schools across the nation.
"The first three steps ensured that the schools serve all of their students well, using their performance on the math and reading parts of their state proficiency tests and their graduation rates as the benchmarks", according to the methodology explained on the publication's website. Additionally, for the third year in a row, the school earned a silver medal.
The "Best" high schools and charter schools in the nation are based in Arizona, specifically in Scottsdale, Chandler and Oro Valley, according to the report.
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Harding Charter Prep, which ranked 150th nationally among high schools, has a 95 percent graduation rate, and offers Advanced Placement course work and exams to all students.
Other area high schools to receive a bronze rating which were not among the top 71 schools in Kentucky were Fulton County and Hickman County, Fulton County had a 100 percent graduation rate, while Hickman County had an 89 percent graduation rate. "The student body makeup is 50 percent male and 50 percent female, and the total minority enrollment is 12 percent", the report said.
The Palm Beach County School District said in a statement that Suncoast has made teaching financial literacy a priority. ". Our staff and our students are always finding new ways to reinvent themselves and improve on what we do as a proud public high school in Kentucky".
The full U.S. News rankings can be found here.
"This is a great reflection of the support we enjoy from our community, teachers, and parents", he said.