LIVINGSTON PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Education officials in Livingston Parish are beaming with pride after three of their high schools were named among the best public high schools in the nation.
The US News & World Report put Holden, Maurepas and Springfield high schools among the 72 Louisiana schools to receive Bronze Medal rankings for academic performance in 2013.
"We are very proud of the hard work and dedication of our faculty and students to attain these high levels of academic performance and to be recognized as some of best schools in the nation," Superintendent John Watson said in a news release.
Holden was recognized for its 81 percent math proficiency. Maurepas had proficiency scores of 72 percent in English and 86 percent in math. Springfield also had high proficiency scores in English (74 percent) and math (70 percent).
The Bronze Medal is based on a key principle that a high school must serve all students well.
Other schools that earned the Bronze Medal include East Feliciana High, East Iberville High, McKinley High, Port Allen High, St. James High, West St. John High and West St. Mary High.
Baton Rouge Magnet High was the only school in the WAFB viewing area to receive a Silver Medal. It ranked fifth overall in the state.