FHS Top 10 in state

Farragut High School cracked the state’s Top 10 public high schools this year in U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings.

The school was listed at No. 10 by the nationally acclaimed publication, which ranked the school 12th in 2021. FHS also was ranked No. 2 in the Knoxville-area, second only to L&N Stem Academy in downtown Knoxville.

“A great high school educates all students from different social and economic backgrounds, exposing them to challenging coursework on the path to graduation,” U.S. News & World Report’s website stated.

“The highest ranked U.S. public schools in (our) 2022 Best High Schools rankings are those whose students demonstrated outstanding outcomes above expectations in math, reading and science state assessments, earned qualifying scores in an array of college-level exams and graduated in high proportions.”

The Advanced Placement participation rate at FHS is 66 percent, and its graduation rate is 98 percent.

“This is a big honor for all of us at Farragut High School,” principal Dr. John Bartlett said. “We are well aware this honor does not belong to us alone, it is a shared honor with Farragut Middle, Farragut Intermediate Farragut Primary, our parents, and our students.”

U.S. News & World Report evaluated and ranked 17,843 high schools nationally, 353 within the state of Tennessee, comparing schools based on state assessments, graduation rates and college-level exams.

Criteria examined included college readiness, college curriculum breadth, state assessment proficiency and state assessment performance.

The data used in the overall rankings is entirely from third-party sources and pertains primarily to the 2016-2017, 2017-2018, 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 academic years, the website stated.

In addition to statewide and locally, FHS was ranked 761 in the nation.