Western Dubuque High School and Cascade Jr.-Sr. High School have earned high rankings from a national publication that ranks high schools across the country.
U.S. News and World Report released their findings earlier this spring, with Western Dubuque High School ranked 18th in the state and Cascade Junior-Senior High School ranked 37th.
Western Dubuque, with 902 students, had a 19% participation rate of students taking advanced placement classes. In addition, the district’s math proficiency rate was 83%, its reading proficiency 86% and its graduation rate 98%.
Cascade had a graduation rate of 100%, with an 85% math proficiency rate and an 86% proficiency rate for reading. CJSHS has 230 students.
District Superintendent Rick Colpitts said the schools’ rankings show the hard work that goes on in the district.
“I think it’s a reflection of what we do in our district. In the end, I think both high schools do a great job of educating our kids. That report takes in lots of different factors. Education is part of it, but part of it is also about their readiness for college. I’m very proud of both schools. The rankings support that we are doing a really good job with our kids.
“I think it just demonstrates what we do to help our kids prepare for life beyond school. But at the same time, we have more work to do and we will continue to work hard at that.”