Newsweek has put out its list of “America’s Best High Schools.” Sixteen Kentucky schools made the cut. That’s about one percent of the total list.

Jefferson County Public Schools officials are touting the five JCPS high schools listed. Of those five, DuPont Manual ranks the highest at 160, Ballard is next at 337, followed by Eastern at 419, J. Graham Brown at 655 and Male Traditional at 1060.

On a FAQ page, Newsweek’s Jay Mathews explains the criteria for the rankings:

We take the total number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or Cambridge (AICE) tests given at a school each year and divide by the number of seniors graduating in May or June. All public schools NEWSWEEK researcher Amy Novak and I could find that achieved a ratio of at least 1.000, meaning they had as many tests in 2009 as they had graduates, were put on the list on the NEWSWEEK Web site. Each list is based on the previous year’s data, so the 2010 list has each school’s numbers for 2009.

Here are the rankings for the Kentucky schools:

  • 160 DuPont Manual, Louisville
  • 264 North Oldham, Goshen
  • 307 Beechwood, Fort Mitchell
  • 337 Ballard, Louisville
  • 367 Highlands, Fort Thomas
  • 419 Eastern, Louisville
  • 570 South Oldham, Crestwood
  • 594 Bowling Green, Bowling Green
  • 655 J. Graham Brown, Louisville
  • 670 Dunbar, Lexington
  • 737 Oldham County, Buckner
  • 927 Holmes, Covington
  • 939 Woodford County, Versailles
  • 1060 Male Traditional, Louisville
  • 1061 Ryle, Union
  • 1246 Lafayette, Lexington