The Affton School Board spent some time at its May 7 meeting to bask in the glory accorded Affton High School by a publication known for recognizing schools, cities and companies in its frequent ranking features.

U.S. News & World Report in a recent issue listed Affton High School as the ninth best high school in Missouri and the 977th best nationally among more than 17,000 secondary institutions it ranked in a feature article. The article included only public schools, not religious nor private schools.

The publication bases its evaluation on six factors: College readiness, reading and math proficiency, reading and math performance, performance of “under-served” students, college curriculum breadth and graduation rates. The analysis also relies upon a high school’s rate of advanced placement participation and International Baccalaureate examination results.

“I was excited to see that we only missed out on ranking number seven (in Missouri) by .2,” said Superintendent Travis Bracht. Bracht said the figures used by USN&WR were from the 2016-17 school year. “Still, that’s a great indicator of what we’re doing well.”

A total of 596 Missouri public schools were evaluated, so the number nine ranking places Affton High in the top 1.5 percent in the state. The 997th spot nationwide puts Affton in the top six.

The number seven school in the state was neighboring Lindbergh Senior High. Filling out the top 10 Missouri High Schools in U.S. News & World Report’s estimation were:

Lafayette Senior High (1) Smithville High School (2) Rockwood Summit Senior High (3) Eureka Senior High (4,) Metro Academic & Classical High School (5) West High School (6) Marquette Senior High (8) and Fort Zumwalt West High (10).

$168,770 for Buses

Central States Bus Sales landed a contract for the purchase of two Bluebird school buses following a competitive process ratified by the Affton School Board this week.

Each bus will cost $84,385 and will be deployed as part of a replacement cycle for older buses in the 2019-20 school year. The district said it has had good results working with Central States the past two years, during which time it has purchased seven buses.