It's hard to believe, but it's that time of year again, back to school. Berkshire County is lucky to be home to some of the best schools in Massachusetts and three of them just received nationwide recognition.

Each year U.S. News and World Reports reviews high schools across the country and rank them breaking them down from national rankings, all the way down to state, region, or district.

The rankings include data on more than 23,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. More than 17,000 schools were ranked on six factors based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college. The rankings are determined by schools whose attendees demonstrated outstanding outcomes above expectations in math and reading state assessments, passed a diverse array of college-level exams, and graduated in high proportions.

So how did schools in our corner of the state do? Three Berkshire County high schools made the top 100. Not bad out of the 604 high schools that call Massachusetts home.

Coming in at number 45 was Mt. Greylock Regional High School. With 337 students enrolled in grades 9-12, the middle and high school located in Williamstown has a graduation rate of 96% and a college readiness score of 58.4. Mt. Greylock ranked at the number one high school in the Pittsfield Metro area and came in at number 1,008 in a national high school ranking.


Coming in at number 57 was Lenox Memorial High School. With 239 students enrolled in grades 9-12 the Lenox-based middle and high school has a graduation rate of 100%. Its college readiness score landed at 49. Lenox came in at number 1,215 nationally and is ranked as the number two high school in the Pittsfield Metro area.


Coming in at number 73 was Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter School. With 166 students enrolled in the Adams-based high school, BArT has a graduation rate of 96%. Their college readiness score came in at 48.6. BArT came at number 1,748 on the ranking of high schools nationwide and was listed at number three for high schools located in the Pittsfield Metro area.


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