85 La. schools make list of outstanding schools in the nation, 3 in Livingston Parish

LIVINGSTON PARISH, LA (WAFB) - The list of outstanding schools has been released and 85 of them are Louisiana schools. These schools are not just ranked by test scores, but also about how disabled and low-income students perform.

Every year, U.S. News and World recognizes those public schools. Three of those 85 schools are in Livingston Parish.

It is the fifth year Holden High School has been ranked as one of the nation's best high schools. Springfield High also made the list for the third time. The third school, Maurepas High School, is hoping this award will get their name out a little more, as well.

Mr. Cox is just one example of the dedicated instructors at Marurepas High, according to the school's principal Kenny Kraft.

"He's taught at all levels, college as well. But he does a great job, specifically on higher math classes, to really get down to the student's level. He's got a knack for it," said Kraft.

It is the patience in the classroom that has lead to the award, proudly displayed outside of the school.

For the second year, Maurepas High was awarded a bronze medal by U.S. News and World Report. Students here are 95 percent proficient in English and 85 percent proficient in Algebra.

"We've been watching the list. It comes out at a certain time each year, and we've king of been on their site watching. One of our principals noticed it before I did," said Livingston Parish Superintendent John Watson.

Superintendent Watson says the report checks standardized test scores as well as ACT scores, and looks at how successful minority or disadvantaged students are served. He says calls are constantly coming in about schools in the parish, and having this national ranking could mean more students entering the system.

"Us being a small school, a lot of people don't know about us," said Kraft. He says his school is more unique than the others, they are more community based, with smaller classes.

The senior class at Maurepas High is at 25 students, which means more one-on-one time to make sure students are doing their best.

"It's kind of a hidden secret," said Kraft. "But this way people can get to know about it and who we are."

Schools from West Baton Rouge, Ascension, Iberville and West Feliciana were also nationally recognized as some of the best in the nation.

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