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The 2016 Best High School Sports ranking provides a comprehensive assessment of the sports and fitness of a public high school. This grade takes into account key factors such as the number of sports offered, the participation rates of students in athletics, as well as student and parent reviews, in an attempt to measure the quality of sports offered by the school.

Factors Considered:

Factor Description Source Weight
Parent/Student Surveys on Sports & Fitness Parent and student opinions about sports and fitness at the school they currently or recently attend(ed). Minimum 7 unique respondents required. Self-reported by Niche users 45.0%
Number of Sports Number of interscholastic sports offered at the school. Values are capped at 35. Civil Rights Data Collection 20.0%
Female Athletes Percentage of girls participating in an interscholastic sport. Values are capped at 50%. Civil Rights Data Collection 15.0%
Male Athletes Percentage of boys participating in an interscholastic sport. Values are capped at 50%. Civil Rights Data Collection 15.0%
Expenses per Student Total expenses divided by the total number of students. Values are capped between $1,500 and $23,000. National Center for Education Statistics 5.0%

 

Here at KMZU, the sports department, provides high school sports coverage for 42+ counties across the state of Missouri. With such a wide-range of daily coverage comes familiarity, and a vast amount of the schools listed near the top are very familiar to our listeners. Listed below are a few examples of the highly rated high schools in our listening area in reference to their respectable athletic programs.

2. Lee’s Summit West High School Lee’s Summit, MO
  • Parent/Student Surveys on Sports & Fitness
    4.5 out of 5 (55 respondents)
  • Number of Sports
    19
  • Female Athletes
    19.0 %
  • Male Athletes
    37.8 %
  • Expenses per Student
    $10,383
3. Liberty North High School Liberty, MO
  • Parent/Student Surveys on Sports & Fitness

    4.2 out of 5 (19 respondents)

  • Number of Sports
    21
  • Female Athletes
    44.2 %
  • Male Athletes
    50.0 %
  • Expenses per Student
    $11,185
5. Blue Springs High School Blue Springs, MO
  • Parent/Student Surveys on Sports & Fitness

    4.5 out of 5 (62 respondents)

  • Number of Sports
    19
  • Female Athletes
    16.0 %
  • Male Athletes
    32.2 %
  • Expenses per Student
    $9,816
7. Kearney High School Kearney, MO
  • Parent/Student Surveys on Sports & Fitness

    4.2 out of 5 (30 respondents)

  • Number of Sports
    21
  • Female Athletes
    45.6 %
  • Male Athletes
    39.1 %
  • Expenses per Student
    $8,960
22. Chillicothe High School Chillicothe, MO
  • Parent/Student Surveys on Sports & Fitness

    4.2 out of 5 (7 respondents)

  • Number of Sports
    18
  • Female Athletes
    31.5 %
  • Male Athletes
    45.6 %
  • Expenses per Student
    $8,983

 

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