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Milwaukee Public Schools honors 4 high schools ranked among the best in Wisconsin
MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee Public Schools recognized students and staff from four high-achieving schools Wednesday.
The schools made the U.S. News and World Report's Best High Schools list released in April.
In state rankings, Ronald Reagan College Preparatory High School is ranked #2; Rufus King International High School is ranked #3; Carmen High School of Science and Technology is ranked #7 and Milwaukee School of Languages is ranked #12.
This is the first time MPS has had four of the top 15 best high schools in Wisconsin as rated by by the report.
MPS leaders hope the recognition changes the negative perspection associated with the district.
It was an auditorium full of pomp and circumstance at Reagan College Prep Wednesday afternoon to celebrate the historic day.
Each school is evaluated for student test performance and how prepared they are for college.
Superintendent Gregory Thornton said it's been a four year journey to implement such a curriculum and the district will continue doing so using common core standards.
Reagan's principal Mike Roemer said getting every student to an academic high point is key.
"We went with a personalized blended learning, which has really taken off with our kids, which essentially what that is, we leverage technology for individual support kids need to get from point A to point B," he said.
"This is the future of the city," said Dr. Thornton. "And as long as we continue to invest in our young people this city will continue to grow and be prosperous."
For the high honor, each school received $1,000 from the MPS Foundation.