Avalon and Milford high schools have been listed by the U.S. News and World Report magazine as among the top high schools in the United States.

Both schools were recognized with a bronze award in the December edition of the national publication.

According to the article, the methodology used is “based on the key principles that a great high school must serve all of its students well, not just those who are bound for college, and that it must be able to produce measurable academic outcomes that show the school is successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators.”

Avalon ISD Superintendent David Del Bosque gave credit to the teachers, students and administrators for the award, noting the district received a recognized rating from the Texas Education Agency for the past two years.

“Awards such as these affirm that as a district we teach all students, regardless of whom that child is or what background they may come from,” Del Bosque said. “We believe that every child comes to us with their own educational and personal experiences and that we build on that. We believe strongly in the potentiality of the individual child as well as the collective strength of the whole student body.

“We are excited and honored by this national listing,” Del Bosque said. “We are very proud of our school district.”

Milford High School principal Marilee Byrne was equally pleased with the distinction.

“We are very pleased to have been included on the list of high schools analyzed by U.S. News and World Report,” Byrne said. “Our faculty is to be commended for the extra effort they put forth to provide the best education possible for all of our students. They often have seven different classes to prepare for as well as working with students after school and during tutorial periods.

“Our students are proud of their school and work hard to achieve success,” Byrne said.

Milford ISD also is a recognized district by the TEA.

According to criteria listed on the magazine’s Web site, 18,000 schools from 40 states were evaluated, with 10 states electing not to release their school information.

Of those evaluated, 100 schools were selected for the gold award, 405 for the silver award and 1,086 for the bronze award. Criteria used were the school’s reading and math testing statistics as compared to overall state statistics. The next step evaluated how economically disadvantaged and minority populations performed as compared to the state average. Only 162 schools in Texas were awarded either a bronze, silver or gold award.

For more information about the list of the best high schools in the country, go to www.usnews.com/highschools. The online edition includes a complete list of schools and a search by state. The printed version of the magazine does not include the complete list of schools.