Out of more than 600 North Carolina high schools recently ranked in US News & World Report’s 2022 “Best High Schools” report, Gray Stone Day School ended up in the top 10.

Gray Stone ranked ninth in the state this year, a marked improvement from last year, when the school ranked 24th in the state. It is also the highest-ranked school in the Charlotte metropolitan area.

The school, which opened in 2002 and is on the campus of Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, has received high national ratings: it was ranked No. 540 out of nearly 18,000 high schools across the country – up from 820 last year – and was ranked No. 1. 116 nationally out of more than 2,800 charter schools, an improvement from ranking No. 164 last year.

By earning a national ranking in the top 40%, Gray Stone earned US News Top High School status and was eligible to display a US News Top High Schools 2022 award “badge,” according to a press release from US News. US News.

“I am very proud of everyone who has helped make Gray Stone Day a competitive school for students from a rural area who want to attend a four-year college,” said Helen Nance, Administrative Director of Gray Stone.

“Although we are in a rural area, the students and teachers have worked very hard to achieve this goal,” she added. “Gray Stone has a mission and that is to prepare students from a rural area to be ready to compete with students coming from urban areas such as Charlotte, Atlanta or Boston. We are definitely fulfilling our mission to prepare students for college.

The school received an overall score of 96.97 out of 100, more than a point better than last year. According to the Gray Stone report, 97% of students passed at least one AP exam while 71% passed at least one exam – an improvement from the 50% of students who passed last year. He had 87% math proficiency and a 95% graduation rate.

US News & World Report released its annual national and state-by-state rankings earlier this week.

The ranking system rates secondary schools on factors such as student performance on state tests in math, reading, and science; graduation rates; and how many students have tried and passed the Advanced Placement exams.

Gray Stone’s highest score was for college readiness – defined by the report as the proportion of 12th graders who took and passed at least one AP or IB exam – where it was ranked seventh in state and 250th in the country.

Stanly Early College was Stanly County’s highest-rated public school at No. 266 in the state, followed by West Stanly (No. 374 in the state), South Stanly (No. 387), North Stanly (No. ° 388) and Albemarle, which was between numbers 428-434. The Stanly Academy Learning Center and Stanly County Virtual Education were unranked.

Stanly Early College, West Stanly, South Stanly and North Stanly each had graduation rates of at least 91% while Albemarle’s was 86%.

For more on the North Carolina rankings, go to www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/north-carolina.