Mill River Union High School was ranked in the top ten high schools in Vermont by US News and World Report for 2017.  One school in Vermont was given a gold medal rating, and ten schools received a silver medal rating.  Overall, Mill River placed tenth, receiving a silver medal–which was awarded to only 10.3% of high schools nationally.

What does that mean exactly?

While we may measure success differently, focusing on our foundational beliefs, US News ranks the best high schools based on the following:

1 – Overall scores on state proficiency assessments (specifically, the Smarter Balanced assessments in Vermont)

2 – How disadvantaged students perform on those same assessments

3 – Graduation rates

4 – A “College Readiness Index” calculated from Advanced Placement participation rates and scores on those assessments

For more specifics on how the best high schools were ranked, browse to the methodology in-depth explanation at

It’s worth noting that Vermont ranks 7th overall among all states based on our high schools’ top rankings.

For full rankings of all of the best high schools in Vermont head over to the Vermont section of