Principal Message

Principal Kevin Rupprecht

HP Community, 

I want to congratulate you, the students, the graduates, the families, the entire HP Staff, on a significant acknowledgement and recognition we have just received from US News and World Report!

HP has been ranked the 8th Best School in Washington State, #1 in Pierce County!  

US News and World Report uses the following student achievement data to determine the National Rankings:

  • College readiness, based on the proportion of 12th grade students who took and earned a qualifying score on at least one Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exam (30% of ranking).
  • State assessment proficiency, based on aggregated scores on state assessments that students may be required to pass for graduation (20%).
  • State assessment performance, based on whether performance on state assessments exceeded expectations given the school's proportion of underserved students (20%).
  • Underserved student performance, based on how Black, Hispanic and low-income students performed on state assessments compared with those who are not underserved in the state (10%).
  • College curriculum breadth, based on proportions of 12th grade students who took and earned a qualifying score on AP and/or IB exams in multiple content areas (10%).
  • Graduation rate, based on the proportion of students who entered ninth grade in 2016-2017 and graduated four years later (10%).

Washington State has over 400 high schools, and while being #8 in the state is fantastic, so is our national ranking of #586 out of the over 18,000 high schools. (There are 24,000+ high schools in the country, not all are considered in this ranking.)  

Because of our students, staff, and families, HP is in the top 2% of all high schools in the state, and in top 3% of all high schools across the country. 

I am so proud of everyone!

Well done Harrison Prep!  Well done!!!!

Kevin Rupprecht
Lt. Gen. W.H. Harrison Preparatory School
An International Baccalaureate World School