In this year’s rankings, U.S. News said that “the curriculum at Pine View School mixes traditional classroom learning with independent study, mini-courses and ungraded classes.” It also touted the school’s emphasis on parent involvement and extra curricular activities.
Pine View scored exceptionally high on testing, with 100 percent of students taking advanced placement courses and a “College Readiness Index” at 100 percent.
The ranking also found that Pine View had a student population that included 29 percent minorities and 13 percent economically disadvantaged students.
To create the rankings, U.S. News started with more than 28,800 public high schools across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The rankings were based on four key statistics: student performance on state-mandated math and reading tests; testing performance of historically underserved students, graduation rate; and how well students are prepared for college.