SM East is No. 40 in state, according to new school rankings

The Wichita Eagle earlier this week released its rankings of Kansas schools based on state assessment data, and local schools fare relatively well — though not as well as some of their counterparts in Blue Valley.

SM East came in at number 40 out of the 375 Kansas high schools in the newspaper’s rankings, just out of the top ten percent. That put it first among Shawnee Mission schools, but behind two Blue Valley high schools. Blue Valley High came in at 23. Blue Valley North was 19. SM South was the second highest rated Shawnee Mission high school, coming in at 64.

Indian Hills and Mission Valley tied at 21 in the middle school rankings, higher than any other Shawnee Mission middle schools. The next highest Shawnee Mission school among the 215 ranked in the category was Indian Woods at number 75. Seven of the top 15 middle schools were in the Blue Valley district.

Westwood View topped area elementary schools, coming in 13 out of 834 in the list. Other elementary school rankings were: Brookwood, 21; Prairie, 39; Corinth, 69; Belinder, 289; Briarwood, 295. (It looks like they accidentally included Highlands in the high school rankings, but the school would have done well on the elementary list, coming in tied for 33).

The Eagle came up with the rankings by adding the percentage of students passing in the three state assessment categories, math, reading and science