Grayson County school districts are no stranger to nationally recognized publications. And after "U.S. News & World Report" reviewed data for more than 21,000 public high schools in the nation, some local high schools made the list for the state and nationally-ranked campuses.

Grayson County school districts are no stranger to nationally recognized publications. And after "U.S. News & World Report" reviewed data for more than 21,000 public high schools in the nation, some local high schools made the list for the state and nationally-ranked campuses.


High schools are awarded gold, silver or bronze medals based on their performance on state assessments, their graduation rates and how well they prepare students for college. Pottsboro High School and Sherman High School both received the highest ranks in the Grayson County with silver awards.


Pottsboro High School ranked 175th in Texas and Sherman High School followed at 190th in the state. As for national rankings, PHS was ranked 2,051st and SHS received the 2,273rd ranking.


"It means a great deal and it’s a point of pride for us as educators," Shelley Anderson, Sherman High School’s interim principal, said. "It’s an opportunity to shine a light on student achievement that goes on everyday within the walls of Sherman High School … We offer almost 30 Advanced Placement courses at the high school and have over 600 kids enrolled in those."


Graduation rates have been added to the formula that already included student performance on state assessments and AP exams. The rankings focus on increasing performance of students from diverse backgrounds and effectively preparing students for college.


"Our teachers, staff, counselors, and administrators at the high school and across the district are the reason why our kids continue to excel at such an exceptional level," Superintendent Kevin Matthews said in a press release. "No matter the background of our students, our staff works very hard to give our kids the best opportunity for success now and into the future. I am very proud of all the district’s accomplishments, and I am very blessed to be part of such a dedicated team of professionals."


"U.S. News" reported SHS had a 98-percent graduation rate with a 32-percent AP participation rate. The publication stated PHS had a 97-percent graduation rate with a 34-percent AP participation rate. Taking into consideration both graduation and a high performance rates could have helped both campuses earn top rankings in the state.


Because of the support from Sherman ISD district leaders, Anderson said she believes SHS is able to give students the best opportunities for academics. From dual-credit courses to Career and Technology Education classes, she said SHS will continue to expand in the future to reach more SHS students.


"Each year our testing scores are ranked with the highest in the county and North Texas," Matthews said. "Each year, we have very high ACT and SAT scores, which is another indicator that our students are graduating from Pottsboro High School college-ready."


Denison High School, Bells High School, Van Alstyne High School and Whitewright High School are the other Grayson County high school campuses that earned a bronze ranking from U.S. News.