Three Central Texas campuses were recognized by Newsweek magazine in a recent ranking of the nation’s top 2,000 high schools.

Local schools topping this year’s list included Belton High School, Killeen High School and Salado High School.

The annual ranking, compiled by Newsweek and its Daily Beast website, includes public, private, charter and magnet schools across the country, rating them on six components, including graduation rates, SAT scores and advance placement testing scores, among others.

This year, Belton High School was ranked 1,834th on the list. The school is home to the district’s iBHS technology initiative, which provided an iPad for every student in the school beginning in fall 2012. Killeen High School was also included on the list this year, and was ranked at 1,536.

Salado High School was ranked the highest on the list this year, coming in at 871.

“The Newsweek rankings are another confirmation of the great job that the Salado Independent School District is doing preparing our students for their future,” said Michael Novotny SISD superintendent “Our ranking of #871 out of over 21,000 high schools places Salado High School in the top 4 percent of high schools in the nation.”

Contact Chris McGuinness at or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at ChrismKDH.

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