Bowling Green High School has been named a 2017 U.S. News Best High School. More than 6,000 schools – one-fourth of the schools that U.S. News evaluated -- were awarded gold, silver or bronze medals in this year’s rankings. BGHS is ranked 1,304 in the nation, 13th in Kentucky and has been awarded a silver medal.
Principal William King says, “Over the last two years, Bowling Green High School has been working to bring existing opportunities with new strategies to help students thrive academically and socially. Our faculty and staff are focused, first and foremost on students graduating high school fully prepared to enter college and career environments. At BGHS, we believe that ‘Excellence is worth the effort,’ and we are honored and humbled by this recognition as one of the top high schools in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.”
The U.S. News Best High Schools list is determined by four steps. According to the website, www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/national-rankings, the first step is evaluating reading and math results on state proficiency tests, also factoring in percentage of economically disadvantaged students. Next is comparing the percentage of proficiency of black, Hispanic, and low-income students with statewide results. The third factor is meeting or exceeding the national graduation rate. Finally, the ranking is determined using a College Readiness Index, based on the school's AP or IB participation rate and how well the students did on those tests.
Approximately 53% of Bowling Green High School students qualify for free or reduced lunch, and 43% are minority students. In 2016, 309 students (26%) participated in at least one of 565 Advanced Placement Exams administered. Of those, 67% passed the nationally-normed exam. The state average of high school participation in AP courses is 5% and among participants, the Kentucky average pass rate is 49%.
Bowling Green High School currently offers 21 Advanced Placement courses. 385 students (30% of BGHS) are registered to take 613 exams beginning May 1, 2017.