Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Five Pasco Schools Named U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (May 9, 2018) – Land O’ Lakes High School led Pasco County’s list of five high schools on the U.S. News & World Report list of 2018 Best High Schools, followed by J.W. Mitchell, Wiregrass Ranch, and Sunlake high schools, and Pasco e-School.

“They are among the elite schools that scored high enough to earn a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Best High Schools ‘badge,’” said Mark W. White, vice president, Specialty Marketing, for U.S. News & World Report, in his notification to the school district.

Less than 30 percent of high schools in the country qualify for the list of Best High Schools.

Four of the schools earned Silver badges, an honor only 11 percent of U.S. high schools can claim. Land O’ Lakes was ranked 50th in Florida, based on their 87 percent graduation rate and 53.5 ranking for college readiness. J.W. Mitchell ranked 90th in Florida, with an 85 percent graduation rate and 44.5 college readiness ranking. Wiregrass Ranch came in at number 117 in Florida, with a 91 percent graduation rate and 37.4 college readiness ranking. Sunlake’s 86 percent graduation rate and 37.3 college readiness score ranked them 119th in Florida.

Pasco eSchool earned a Bronze badge, with a 100 percent graduation rate, but had no college readiness ranking. Only 16 percent of U.S. schools fall into the Bronze badge category.

“I can’t tell you how proud this news makes me,” said Kurt Browning, Pasco County superintendent of schools. “This is a testament to our administrators’ deliberate planning, our teachers’ high-impact instruction, and our students’ hard work and focus,” he added.

For more information about Pasco’s schools on the 2018 Best High Schools report, go to