Cedar Rapids Kennedy ranked Iowa's best high school by U.S. News

Linn-Mar, Mid-Prairie, Prairie also ranked highly in annual survey

Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids is Iowa's best according to U.S News and World Report's 2013 ranking of the nation's top public high schools.

The building took 550th nationally out of the 4,805 schools ranked on this year's list, which was based on 2010-11 data on student math and reading proficiency as well as participation in International Baccalaureate or Advanced Placement classes and performance on those exams.

"Iím just thrilled that Kennedy is just such an outstanding comprehensive high school and filled with amazingly dedicated teachers who are passionate about their work. They work hard every day for students," Wilcynski said about the ranking. "Itís really rewarding to know that the hard work and the fun work, itís not like itís drudgery, the work we do here is noticed by the people who crunch the data."

Other area schools scoring in the top 10 include Linn-Mar High School in Marion, which came in fifth statewide and 1,077th nationally, followed by Mid-Prairie High School in Wellman, finishing in sixth place for Iowa and 1,160th nationwide. Prairie High School in Cedar Rapids came in ninth place for the state and ranked 1,603rd overall. Williamsburg Jr./Sr. High School missed the top 10 but scored in 14th statewide and 1,916th nationally.

Kennedy wasn't the only Cedar Rapids Community School District building to make the list. Jefferson High School ranked 19th out of the 21 Iowa entries on the national list and 2,105th overall.

Wilcynski, who is retiring at the end of the current school year, said she was thrilled with Kennedy's high standing.

"It certainly makes me feel as though we are handing the school off in good shape," she said.

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