PORTLAND, Ore. – Several Oregon and Southwest Washington high schools are earning top marks in a nationwide ranking.
The annual "Newsweek" list of America's best high schools includes one from Corbett, Ore., and three from the Vancouver, Wash., area.
Corbett High School ranked fifth overall on the national Top 20 list. This high school, in a town with a population of 4,000 people, has steadily moved up in the rankings.
In 2008 both "Newsweek" and U.S. News and World Report ranked it among the nation's top-100 public schools. In 2009, Newsweek ranked it 8th in the nation.
Down the list, Evergreen School District's Union High School placed eighth out of Washington's top high schools. Mountain View High School, also in the Evergreen district, ranked 11th in the state.
Vancouver's Columbia River High School landed in the 32 spot.
The rankings are based on how hard school staffs work to challenge students with college-level courses and tests. Corbett, for example, has gained national recognition for its Advanced Placement Program.
Only 6 percent of all public schools in the U.S. made the list.