2022 Best High Schools in the Kansas City Area (According to U.S. News)

One of the things that people want to know when moving into the Kansas City Metro is where the best high schools are located. They want this information to help them narrow their focus on choosing a home to rent for their family. Makes sense, right? Unfortunately, we aren’t able to answer this question because of Fair Housing Laws. (These laws prohibit discrimination by direct providers of housing due to race or color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, or disability.) In other words, we can’t recommend specific high schools.

Even though we can’t recommend a specific high school to a potential renter, we can point them to resources that rank high schools. One of those resources is an article from U.S. News and World Report that was published in April of 2022. U.S. News looks at thousands of public schools to identify the top performers based on a list of criteria. To learn more about how they rank schools, check out this explanation on their website.

Here is an excerpt of how they came up with their rankings:

In coordination with North Carolina-based RTI International, a global nonprofit social science research firm, U.S. News ranked approximately 17,840 public high schools out of the nearly 24,000 reviewed. This is the count of public high schools that had a 12th grade enrollment of 15 students or greater, or otherwise had sufficient enrollment in other high school grades during the 2019-2020 school year to be analyzed.

We did this by summing their weighted scores across six indicators of school quality, then computed a single zero to 100 overall score reflective of a school’s performance across these metrics. The overall scores depict how well each school did on a national percentile basis. For example, a school with a score of 60 performed in the 60th percentile among all schools in the rankings.

For transparency, each public school’s directory page includes indicator ranks that explain how it performed nationally and within the state on each ranking factor.

And here are the 2022 results based on their research:

  1. Sumner Academy of Arts and Science
  2. Lincoln College Prep
  3. Ewing Marion Kauffman High School
  4. Blue Valley North High School
  5. Shawnee Mission East High School
  6. Olathe Northwest High School
  7. Blue Valley High School
  8. Staley High School
  9. Blue Valley West High School
  10. Blue Valley Northwest High School

For the full list of rankings (135 high schools) in the Kansas City Area, please visit this page on the U.S. News website.