BAR HARBOR — Mount Desert Island Regional High School is the sixth best public high school in Maine, according to the 2015 ranking of schools nationwide by the website Niche.
Niche says it compiles its rankings based on data from government and other public sources, its own proprietary data and more than 4.6 million “opinion-based survey responses across a variety of topics from 287,560 current students, recent alumni and parents.”
Niche ranks Yarmouth High School as the best in Maine, followed by the high schools in Falmouth, Cape Elizabeth, Brunswick, Rockport (Camden Hills) and MDI.
“I feel like it’s a valid list, when you look at the other schools on the list,” MDI High Principal Matt Haney told the high school board last week. “It’s a nice group of schools to be associated with. So, I think we’re doing really well.”
As for the other public high schools in Hancock County, Deer Isle-Stonington is 18th in Niche’s ranking. Ellsworth ranks 33rd, Bucksport ranks 39th and Sumner in Sullivan ranks 95th.
Among the 26 private high schools in Maine that Niche surveyed, George Stevens Academy in Blue Hill ranks 16th.
No schools in Maine made the list of the top 100 public or private high schools in the United States.
Niche gives each school a letter grade in a variety of areas that it considers important, with academics accounting for 50 percent of the school’s overall grade. MDI High received an A- for academics and an overall grade of A. The high school received an A for the quality of teachers, A for administration and policies, A for extracurricular activities, A for sports and fitness, A+ for resources and facilities, A- for food, health and safety, and B for educational outcomes, which factored in the SAT scores of students who responded to Niche’s survey.
MDI High received a C grade for student culture and diversity. Last year, when the Niche data were compiled, 93 percent of MDI High students were white, 2 percent were African American, and 2 percent were Asian.