Stanly school ranks in Top 20 on U.S. News & World Report ranking

Published 9:21 am Wednesday, August 30, 2023

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U.S. News & World Report has released its annual list of the top-ranked high schools in the country.

Gray Stone Day School, a public charter school in Misenheimer, was 16th in North Carolina and 612 in the nation for the 2023-2024 Best High Schools rankings released Tuesday. U.S. News gathered information on 17,680 out of nearly 25,000 public high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Gray Stone was ranked ninth in the state in 2022.

“For a small rural school in North Carolina, we are definitely able to compete with high schools in urban areas in preparing our students to excel in college,” said Helen Nance, chief administrative officer at the school. “I am very proud of all the dedication and hard work students and teachers have shown.”

U.S. News & World Report gave Gray Stone a score of 96.54 out of 100, with 92% of students taking at least one AP exam, 65% passing at least one AP exam, 67% achieving math proficiency, 77% showing science proficiency and a 90% graduation rate.

A review on rankings from Stanly County Schools will be published separately.

U.S. News ranked The Early College of Guilford in Greensboro as No. 1. It has 197 students in grades 9-12 and a student-teacher ratio of 21 to 1.