Cary Schools Standout in US News Ratings


Cary, NC — According to the widely read U.S. News High School Rankings, three Cary schools made the top 10 in North Carolina. But what’s behind the numbers?

Cary Schools Standout in US News Ratings

Congratulations are in order for three high schools in Cary which ranked in the Top 10 statewide:

  • Green Hope (#1)
  • Panther Creek (#3)
  • Cary High (#8)


From U.S. News:

The U.S. News rankings include data on more than 19,400 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Schools were awarded gold, silver or bronze medals based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college. 

Read the full methodology of the study.

Behind the Numbers

Nationally, Green Hope ranked #304, Panther Creek was #686 and Cary High was ranked #1116. Statistically, based on a pool of 19,400 schools in the survey, these results are quite impressive:

  • Green Hope – 98.4 percentile
  • Panther Creek – 96.4 percentile
  • Cary High – 94.2 percentile

Gold, Silver and Bronze

US News awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze shields to the top 26.7 percent of schools in the survey. Here’s the breakdown:

  • Gold – 2.8% (543 schools)
  • Silver – 8.6% (1,668 schools)
  • Bronze – 15.3% (2,968 schools)
  • Non-Medalled: 73.3% (14,220 schools)

Here’s where it starts to get disturbing. The U.S. News report has an infographic map that shows percentage of gold medal schools by state.

On the map, dark blue indicates a high percentage of gold medal schools. White indicates no gold medal schools.


North Carolina is near the bottom in percentage of gold medal schools.

See the U.S. News Best High Schools infographic map.

Stem High Schools

The report also breaks out rankings for S.T.E.M. – high schools that focus on science, technology, engineering and math.

Once again, North Carolina did not do so well. Only two schools ranked: Green Hope at #108 and West Forsyth (Clemmons, NC) at #217 for S.T.E.M.

See the full U.S. News Stem Rankings.


There’s much to celebrate in the 2014 U.S. News High School Rankings. But no one should be satisfied.


Education coverage on CaryCitizen is sponsored in part by Hopewell Academy on Preston Executive Drive in Cary.

1 reply
  1. TJ Cawley
    TJ Cawley says:

    Congratulations to all who made the success of these three schools possible. Now is the time to focus on providing the resources and learning environment necessary to enable all our schools to deliver the education our next generation needs to have a brighter future.

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