Haas Hall Academy in Bentonville was ranked as Arkansas’ top high school and as the nation’s eighth best this year by U.S. News & World Report.
The publication ranked Haas Hall as the nation’s second best charter school.
The school with a total enrollment of 184 students in grades 7-12 had 100% student participation rate in Advanced Placement courses and 92% passing at least one AP exam. Ninety-four percent of students scored proficient in reading while 89% scored proficient in math. The school had a graduation rate of 98%, a student-teacher ratio of 16:1, and a minority student population of 33%.
Haas Hall Academy in Fayetteville was the state’s second ranking high school and was number 32 nationwide. It was the sixth-ranked charter school nationwide.
The state’s top-ranked non-charter school was Bentonville High School, which was number three in Arkansas and number 512 nationally. Fayetteville High School East was number four in Arkansas and number 524 nationally.
Rounding out the top 10 in Arkansas were Lisa Academy North High Charter School in Sherwood at sixth, Greenbrier High School at seventh, Southside High School in Fort Smith at eighth, Academics Plus High Charter School at ninth, and Concord High School at 10th.
Little Rock Central High School was number 18 in Arkansas.
Others in the second 10 were Bismarck High School at 11, Greenwood High School, Bentonville West High School, Eureka Springs High School, Estem Public Charter High School, Valley View High School in Jonesboro at 17, Bryant High School at 19, and Arkansas Arts Academy High at 20.
The publication along with the North Carolina-based research firm RTI International reviewed more than 24,000 high schools and ranked approximately 17,790 of them. Students at top-ranking schools exceeded expectations in math and reading state assessments, passed a variety of college-level exams and had high graduation rates.
Arkansas ranked 30th on the publication’s list among states. Massachusetts was the top-ranking state.