Wheeling Park High School has been ranked 11th, by U.S. News and World Report, among the Best High Schools in West Virginia.
They say high schools in the Mountain State are assessed on English language arts, math, and science. Students need to earn at least 18 credits in various subjects in order to graduate.
Students at Wheeling Park were not surprised by the ranking, saying their school excels in many areas, including academics, career and technical education and the performing arts.
“Academically we offer so many opportunities for students. We offer 21 AP courses and numerous honors courses,” said WPHS senior, Kylie Parker.
Fellow senior, Brooke Dierkes said, “Freshman year I wasn’t sure what I was going do with my life or my high school career. And then I found my niche in culinary and it’s helped me substantially. I have gotten into the college of my dreams and made lifelong friends.”
and junior, Tino Kayafas said, “And being on the speech team and being into the musical, the jazz band and the choir, there’s so many opportunities, I couldn’t help but take advantage of all of it.”
Wheeling Park has a 98 percent graduation rate, a college readiness rate of 17.2 and they have achieved bronze medal status.
Throughout the state, eight schools got silver medal status, 24 got bronze and no schools earned gold.