Three JPPSS Schools Recognized by U.S. News & World Report’s Annual Best High Schools List

Three Jefferson Parish Public School System (JPPSS) high schools have been recognized by the U.S. News & World Report in their annual Best High Schools list, including Thomas Jefferson High School, which was named the number one public high school in Louisiana. U.S. News evaluated more than 19,400 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia and awarded gold, silver, or bronze medals based on schools’ performance on state assessments, their demographics, and how well they prepare students for college.

Thomas Jefferson, ranked 727th nationally, earned a silver medal. In addition, U.S. News recognized Grace King High School and Riverdale High School with a bronze medal for their performance.

“It is a tremendous accomplishment for the students, faculty, and staff of these schools to be recognized nationally by U.S. News,” said Superintendent Dr. James Meza, Jr. “I also want to congratulate Thomas Jefferson High School on not only their national ranking on the Best High Schools list, but on being ranked as the top public high school in Louisiana.”

U.S. News works with the American Institutes for Research, a D.C.-based organization, to evaluate schools on overall student performance on state-mandated assessments, as well as how effectively schools educated their black, Hispanic, and economically disadvantaged students. Performance on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams was then used to determine the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work. The 2014 rankings are based on data from the 2011-2012 school year.

For more information on the methodology used to rank schools, along with the full list of the best high schools, visit: