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KHS Named a Best School by US News and World Report


Kirksville High School was recently named a Best High School by US News and World Report for 2016.  This recognition uses a statistical analysis of a multitude of factors in determining which schools make the list.  Some of those categories evaluated were Reading and Math scores on state tests as compared to state averages, scores achieved by the disadvantaged in those same areas, graduation rates, AP test results, and a College Readiness Index, which evaluates how students are prepared for post-secondary success. 

Randy Mikel, Principal of KHS, responded to this designation by saying, “This is an impressive achievement for our school because it accounts for all students, not just the top academic ones.  Our community should take great pride in our school for receiving this honor as it represents our entire curriculum for our entire student population.”



Kirksville High School Named to the 6th Annual AP Honor Roll


Kirksville High School was recently recognized as a recipient of the College Board’s 6th Annual Advanced Placement Honor Roll designation.  This is the second consecutive year that KHS has achieved this honor, making it only one of two schools in the state of Missouri to attain this status.  In fact, only 425 school districts in the country, 4 from Missouri, out of 30,000 eligible districts received the AP Honor Roll designation.

To qualify for this honor a district must simultaneously increase the percentage of students taking AP tests, while also increasing the percentage of students passing the test for advanced standing in college.  During the data period that was analyzed, 2013 to 2015, KHS increased participation by over 50% while increasing the pass rate from 60% to 83.6%.

Randy Mikel, Principal of KHS stated “this award validates the rigor of our program of study in our most demanding of classes.  It further demonstrates what happens when motivated, academically talented students, are taught by gifted teachers.”