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Philomath High School got a little love in a recent article published by Stacker. If you’re not familiar with Stacker, it produces data-rich features for publishing partners across the country, including content specific to certain areas.

According to the organization, “We are a team of storytellers on a mission to produce and distribute engaging data journalism to the world’s news organizations. Founded in 2017, Stacker’s newsroom combines data analysis with rich editorial context, drawing on authoritative sources and subject matter experts to deliver uniquely engaging storytelling.”

So, Stacker compiled a list of the best public high schools in Oregon using rankings from Niche, which uses eight factors for its rankings with each factor given a different weight. Out of those, 60% of the score is based on academics and grades, which is calculated using state assessment proficiency tests, SAT/ACT scores and survey responses.

Culture and diversity, parent and student surveys on their overall experiences, and teachers each contribute to 10% of the score. Scores for each school’s clubs and activities, health and safety, resources and facilities, and sports constitute 2.5% each.

Philomath High ranked No. 25 in the state with a Niche grade of A-minus. Just five school earned A-plus grades led by the School of Science and Technology in the Beaverton School District. The article was published last month.

Others with A-plus grades included Lake Oswego Senior High, West Linn High, Lakeridge High and International School of Beaverton High.

You can read the article in its entirety here.

(Brad Fuqua is publisher/editor of the Philomath News. He can be reached at