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Two Siouxland Schools Ranked Among the Best in the Nation


(SIOUX CITY & ORANGE CITY, IA) It's an accomplishment to celebrate for two Siouxland high schools. "U.S. News and World Report" released a list of the most outstanding public high schools in the nation. Based on student performance, math and reading proficiency and college readiness, both ranked within the top 8 percent.

MOC-Floyd Valley High School in Orange City ranked as the 8th best high school in the state of Iowa.  That's 8th out of 387 Iowa schools and 21,776 schools nationally. The school's principal says it's partly due to a chain reaction within the school system.
"The leadership of our board and our superintendent, I think the vision for how we want to treat people and what we want for our students is evident starting there and working through the system," says Russ Adams, MOC-Floyd Valley High School Principal. "We're on the end of a system, the high school is the recipient of all of the hard work of the people at the elementary schools and the middle school."
The students reap the benefits and many of them are involved in after school activities.  MOC senior Kristin Probst says the school size allows her to do more.
"I can be involved in music and I can be involved in sports and leadership activities like NHS and student council, so I think we kind of just have the best of both worlds," says Probst.
Needless to say, other students are proud to be a part of this Dutch community and school district.
"It's cool and weird to think that this small town that I had never heard of seven years ago is such a flourishing community," says MOC-Floyd Valley senior Trevor McMahn.
"I think the big part about a school, is the students' motivation and if they're motivated to do well, and to try then that helps the overall affect of everything," says MOC-Floyd Valley senior Veronica Stokes.
Another school on the list was North High School, and it rated #12 in the state of Iowa.
"It feels really good, because it validates all the great work that we accomplish here at North High and it validates the efforts of our teachers and the efforts of our students," says North High School Principal Stephen Aspleaf.

The report included schools from 49 different states including the District of Columbia. Nebraska was the only state that did not report enough data to be evaluated in the rankings.

Due to data errors in the U.S. Department of Education's Common Core of Data, some high schools are no longer ranked in the 2012 edition of Best High Schools.

Here's the full list:

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