Penn Manor HS earns third straight silver award from U.S. News

For the third year in a row, Penn Manor High School has been honored with a Silver Medal from U.S. News & World Report and is ranked the No. 1 high school in Lancaster County!

Penn Manor improved its state ranking from No. 35 last year to No. 26 for 2017, and is the top-ranked high school in the county. The school’s national ranking also improved, from 1,308th in 2016 to 1,049th this year. The magazine evaluated more than 28,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia for the report.

The rankings are based on test scores in reading and math for all students and for student subgroups, including African-American and Latino pupils and the economically disadvantaged; graduation rates; and the number of students taking and passing college-level courses.

“We are thrilled to make the list for three consecutive years,” said Penn Manor superintendent Mike Leichliter. ” The ranking truly recognizes the hard work of both our students and teachers.”

Over the past five years, Penn Manor has made a concerted effort to improve the performance of all students, not just focus on one particular group, Leichliter said. In recent years, the school district has put additional emphasis on working with students from historically disadvantaged backgrounds.

“Public education is the great equalizer to prepare children for a successful life,” he said.  “We know that all students are not starting with the same set of opportunities and skills, so our teachers have increased their efforts to meet the needs of all learners.”

In addition to earning Silver Medals in 2015 and 2016, Penn Manor High School also was named to the AP District Honor Roll for increasing the number of students taking advanced-placement tests and for maintaining a high percentage of students scoring well on AP exams.

Congratulations to our high school students and staff for again making us Penn Manor Proud!