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Morris Area top area school according to magazine ranking

Morris Area High School is once again the lone school in the area name to a U.S. News & World Report ranking of the top schools in the U.S.

MAHS placed in the bronze category, a recognition that it has earned each year since 2008.

Thirty-nine high schools were recognized in Minnesota, but no other schools in Stevens, Traverse, Grant or Pope counties were included on the list.

"We are fortunate to be recognized by US News and World Report," said Morris Area Superintendent Scott Monson. "This shows the hard work our staff continues to do. While we realize there is more work to be done, we will continue to strive to provide a quality education for all of our students."

U.S. News, in collaboration with School Evaluation Services, analyzed academic and enrollment data from over 21,000 public high schools to find the best across the country. These top schools were placed into gold, silver, bronze, or honorable mention categories.

According to the U.S. News and World Report, the methodology used is based on the key principles that a great high school must serve all its students well, not just those who are college bound, and that it must be able to produce measurable academic outcomes to show the school is successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators.

A three-step process determined the best high schools. The first two steps ensured that the schools serve all their students well, using state proficiency standards as the benchmarks. For those schools that made it past the first two steps, a third step assessed the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work, the magazine reported.