BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- Schools all over the U.S. are not just handing out grades, they are also being graded. The U.S. News and World Report, an independent publication known for ranking schools, recently released its list of the Top public high schools in the U.S. The report evaluated over21,000 across the country and ranked them based on state proficiency standards and how well they prepare students for college.

The school that placed number one in the state is the Maine School of Science and Mathematics in Limestone. Not only did the school get top marks in Maine, it was also ranked #13 best public high school in the nation.

Luke Shorty, Executive Director of the school, says this achievement reflects the capacity of students from all throughout Maine.

"In some aspects, MSSM being ranked as 13th in the nation is a way of acknowledging all the good work that's happening in schools all over the state," said Shorty."These students that come to MSSM were prepared at schools all over the state of Maine, and they were prepared so well that they were able to handle MSSM's advanced curriculum."

Another school in our area that made the list is Bangor High School. The school ranked in the top ten percent of public high schools nationally, and received a silver medal from the U.S. News and World Report for scoring above the state average in standardized testing, among other criteria. The school also ranked number ten among the top schools in the state.

Superintendent Dr. Betsy Webb says the dedication of the faculty and the community are what made this high ranking possible.

"I couldn't be prouder. When you look at our demographics, its pretty amazing to see that we are in the top ten," said Webb."I do not see other cities that are in a similar situations to us. And for so long we have believe that all students can accomplish high achievement, and once again we've done that."

The U.S. News and World Report's list of the top ten schools in Maine is as follows:

#1 - Maine School of Science and Mathematics in Limestone

#2 - Yarmouth High School

#3 - Falmouth High School

#4 - Cape Elizabeth High School

#5 - Wells High School

#6 - Camden Hills Regional High School in Rockland

#7 - Scarborough High School

#8 - Kennebunk High School

#9 - Greely High School

#10 - Bangor High School

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