WELLS RIVER -- U.S. News and World Report has ranked Blue Mountain Union School as one of the best high schools in Vermont and the nation. The magazine's researchers reviewed 21,035 United States public high schools. Of those, only 14 Vermont schools were considered good enough to achieve the survey's gold, silver, or bronze ranking.
Schools were evaluated on their student-to-teacher ratio, students' readiness for college, math proficiency and reading proficiency in the U.S. News Best High Schools 2013 survey. Nine Vermont schools received "silver" medals and five received "bronze" medals. BMU received a bronze.
The article noted that BMU earned its ranking in part because about 17 percent of its students participate in Advanced Placement course work and exams, which are available to any interested student.
Vermont has one of the highest graduation rates in the country, at 90 percent. BMU students, like all Vermont students, must complete at least 20 academic units in various subjects, and they're tested via the New England Common Assessment Program.
The other area Vermont schools receiving recognition include Oxbow Union High School in Bradford, Lake Region Union High School in Orleans, Canaan Memorial Schools and Cabot School.
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