Six high schools in Osceola County have been named as “Best High Schools” in Florida and the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 ranking:

Gold Medal: Osceola County School for the Arts – No. 34 in Florida, No. 467 in the nation.

Silver Medal: Professional and Technical High School (PATHS) – No. 52 in Florida, No. 688 in the nation.

Silver Medal: New Dimensions Charter – No. 83 in Florida, No. 988 in the nation.

Silver Medal: Harmony High – No. 146 in Florida, No. 1,969 in the nation.

Silver Medal: Celebration High – No. 153 in Florida, No. 2,113 in the nation.

Silver Medal: St. Cloud High – No. 168 in Florida, No. 2,621 in the nation.

U.S. News started out reviewing 28,813 public high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

To produce the 2018 Best High Schools rankings, U.S. News & World Report teamed with North Carolina-based RTI International, a global nonprofit social science research firm. RTI implemented the U.S. News comprehensive rankings methodology, based on a four-step process.

The first three steps ensured that the schools serve all of their students well, using their performance on the math and reading parts of their state proficiency tests and their graduation rates as the benchmarks. For those schools that made it past the first three steps, a fourth step assessed the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work.