Johnston High School receives national recognition


In its 2018 edition of Best High Schools, U.S. News & World Report recognized Johnston Senior High School in its national rankings, awarding the school with a bronze medal.

According to U.S. News & World Report, their rankings evaluated more than 20,500 public high schools nationwide to identify schools that best serve all of their students, including historically underserved populations, and assess the degree to which students are prepared for college-level coursework.

Through the publication’s listing, top-performing high schools are awarded gold, silver and bronze medals, with gold medals indicating the greatest level of college readiness. Massachusetts, California and Maryland rank first, second and third, respectively, with the highest percentage of eligible schools that received gold and silver medals. Rhode Island ranked 32 in the country in the survey.

The rankings emphasize student outcomes, incorporating data on graduation rates and state assessments.

"Top-ranked schools succeed in three main areas: exceeding expectations on state proficiency tests, offering challenging coursework and graduating their students," said Anita Narayan, managing editor of education at U.S. News, in a press release. "We encourage parents to use the Best High Schools rankings and data to research which schools in their state and nationwide are ensuring students are well-equipped for the future."

The Best High Schools rankings, which may be viewed online at, feature data on factors including enrollment, graduation rates, diversity, participation in free and reduced-price lunch programs and the results of state assessments.

Johnston High School is served by principal is Dennis Morrell, while Michael Mancieri and Donna Pennacchia now serve as assistant principals.

“The recognition given to Johnston High School by the U.S. News & World Report is certainly an honor. The bronze medal was awarded based on our students’ performance on state testing and advanced placement testing. The administration, faculty and staff at the high school have worked diligently to align the curriculum which drives instruction in key content areas,” said Superintendent Dr. Bernard DiLullo Jr. “The level of expectation and rigor has been raised which has produced better results for our students. We have been receiving great feedback on the high schools progress and this recognition on a national level confirms we are going in the right direction.”


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