U.S. News & World Report compiles an updated, in-depth analysis and list of every high school in the nation.
The information provided includes stats ranging from test scores and college readiness to minority population in the school
U.S. News & World Report also provides a list of the top-ranked schools in every state.
In Indiana, the top five schools ranked by U.S. News & World Report are Signature School, Zionsville Community High School, Herron High School, West Lafayette Jr./Sr. High School, and Carmel High School.
William Henry Harrison High School is unranked.
Many parents may choose to send their students to West Lafayette Jr./Sr. High School because of its reputation and close proximity, however Harrison has some impressive stats according to the information provided by U.S. News & World Report.
However, this information is from the 2013-2014 school year when Harrison had a total enrollment of 1734 students.
In the 2016-2017 school year, the total enrollment is 1905.
With 30 percent of the school doing AP testing, 79 percent of those students pass the AP tests they take.
On top of that, the mathematics proficiency at Harrison is 52 percent and English proficiency is at 67 percent of the student body.
The “College Readiness Index” for Harrison is at 25.1 percent, with the AP tests used for index.
However, the student body’s average proficiency in mathematics and English are both higher than that of the state average for Indiana.
Out of the 1734 students, there is an 18 percent total minority enrollment, with 3 percent Asian, 3 percent African American, 9 percent Hispanic students, and 4 percent as two or more races.
This leaves the school with a total of 84 percent of the school population as white.
Of the students enrolled, 49 percent are female and 51 percent are male.
In addition, 22 percent of the students are on a free lunch program, 4 percent are on a reduced-price lunch program, compounding as 26 percent of the school population to be economically disadvantaged.
Out of the total disadvantaged students, 43.7 percent are proficient on state exams, and 65 percent of non-disadvantaged students are proficient.
This leaves a 21.2 percent gap between non-disadvantaged students and disadvantaged students.
Although these statistics are outdated by a few years, it is still applicable to Harrison in the 2016-2017 school year, and can open eyes to what is being done well, and what needs improvements.