Lindbergh High named Silver Medal School on list of America’s Best High Schools

Lindbergh High School recently was named a Silver Medal School on U.S. News and World Report’s list of America’s Best High Schools for the second consecutive year.

U.S News looks at thousands of high schools nationwide — 21,786 to be exact — to determine the best of the best, according to a district news release.

The publication bases its rankings on a three-step process that analyzes how well high schools educate not only the student body as a whole, but also minority, disadvantaged and college-bound students.

Each step uses test data to determine whether schools perform better than average on state scores.

Lindbergh High was one of six schools in Missouri to earn a silver medal, based on college-readiness index scores.

The top 100 high schools nationwide were awarded gold medals. Lindbergh High also was recognized as a Top International Baccalaureate High School, with nine IB diploma recipients in 2009 and 13 senior candidates working toward diplomas in 2010.

The IB program continues to grow and has averaged 13 to 15 candidates per year in recent years. In addition to taking Theory of Knowledge, students enroll in a rigorous two-year curriculum that mirrors a classic liberal arts education, write a 4,000-word extended research paper, and accumulate a minimum of 150 creative, action and service hours.

Lindbergh High currently is one of the only schools in St. Louis to offer IB courses, along with more common Advanced Placement options. Irv Mueller, district honors coordinator, says an IB diploma helps distinguish students in the college admissions process and in having a successful college experience. Nationwide, IB diploma students average a 3.45 grade-point average in their first year of college and have a 92 percent graduation rate.

“This ranking reinforces the hard work that is being done every day by Lindbergh High School teachers, staff, administrators and students,” Principal Ron Helms stated in the release. “I am proud of our school’s efforts to educate, advance and prepare students of all ability levels.”

The judging methodology for the best high schools was developed by School Evaluation Services, a K-12 education data research business run by Standard & Poor’s. For a complete list of America’s Best High Schools, visit