US News & World Report and the research team from the global social sciences research firm RTI International have established BHS in the top 10% of over 19,753 schools in the 2015 publication America’s Best High Schools, earning BHS a third consecutive National Silver Award. BHS was ranked #10 in Maine and #1,421 nationally.
According to the online publication, RTI bases its research on these key principles: that a great high school must serve all of its students well, not just those who are college bound, and that it must be able to produce measurable academic outcomes to show it is successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators:
- Students perform better than statistically expected for students across the state on reading and mathematics state assessments;
- Disadvantaged students, including economically disadvantaged or low-income, perform better than state averages on those exams; and
- The school exceeds the national median benchmark for the percentage of students who sit for one or more Advanced Placement exams in the graduating class analyzed by RTI.
In similar recognition, the Washington Post recently identified BHS as #5 among Maine’s Most Challenging High Schools, which evaluates the level of AP Exam participation within the school’s most recent graduating class.