Spring Grove Public Schools has been ranked as one of the best in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

The magazine reviewed 31,242 public high schools nationwide, then sorted through those that have been awarded a national gold, silver, or bronze medal. That narrowed the list considerably, but still included 141 Minnesota high schools out of 610.

Those were ranked by average proficiency scores in math and reading, college readiness, and student/teacher ratio.

Spring Grove Secondary came in at 31st overall, with test scores from state exit exams cited as 78 percent proficient in reading, 41 percent proficient in math, and a college readiness "index" of 25.9. It should be noted that both the math and reading index scores (2.3 and 3.1 respectively) are above Minnesota averages.

The college readiness score was based on student performance in advanced placement and international baccalaureate programs and exams. That index was used to award gold, silver, and bronze medals to top-performing schools.

AP participation at Spring Grove Secondary is 41 percent. The school has received a silver medal award, and is ranked #1503 nationally by U.S. News.

Lastly, the student to teacher ratio of 8:1 came in as superior to 91 percent of Minnesota schools. The state average is 15:1.

"It is an honor for our high school to be recognized," Spring Grove Schools Superintendent Rachel Udstuen said. "This ranking represents the hard work of our students and teachers, and I congratulate them for this achievement."

Other local educational institutions in Minnesota's top 40 included Houston High School (third), Rochester Century (16th), Rushford-Peterson (36th) and Zumbrota-Mazeppa (40th).