Camden Hills Regional High School and Oceanside High School made the top 10 list of Maine high schools, according to a national publication.

U.S. News & World Report states it determined its listing based on several factors. Camden Hills was ranked sixth and Oceanside 10th out of 125 high schools in Maine, according to the online publication.

“We are pleased to see that the hard work our teachers, students, and community have put into our wonderful school district were recognized by U.S. News and World Reports," said Camden Hills Principal Shawn Carlson April 23.

"We work hard to provide opportunities for students to excel in a variety of disciplines from our fabulous arts programming to the excellent academic programs supporting everyone. We couldn’t do it without the commitment of students and the generous support of our community.

"We have also just received notice that we will be named a Green Ribbon School by the US Department of Education. It is another example of the type of commitment this community, our teachers and students and the administration have made to making Camden Hills Regional High School truly one of the best schools in the State of Maine.”

"We have an incredible team of people in place in our district and it clearly makes a difference," Five Towns CSD Superintendent Maria Libby said April 23. The Five Towns district oversees Camden Hills, which serves the communities of Camden, Rockport, Hope, Appleton and Lincolnville.

"We are really proud of the whole community for our consistently high rankings in the state. I am perhaps even more proud of the things we have done in regard to equity initiatives, innovation, sustainability and school climate that aren't always visible in the US News and World Report ranking. I was also very happy to see Oceanside in the top 10. May our ships rise on the tide together!" she said.

"We are very proud to see Oceanside honored as one of the top 10 high schools in the state of Maine for 2020 by U.S. News and World Report," Oceanside Principal Jesse Bartke said April 22.

"We have worked really hard over the past few years to meet each student where they are at and support them throughout their high school experience. We will continue to develop programs such as the Freshmen and Sophomore Academies and the STEM and Liberal Arts academies along with our strong partnership with Midcoast School of Technology to ensure that we can create an meaningful pathway for each student."

Oceanside was created from the merger of Rockland District High School and Georges Valley High School for the 2011-2012 school year.

The combined high school has seen improvements in both academic performance of students as well as higher graduation rates.

Regional School Unit 13 Superintendent John McDonald said in an 2018 interview about improvements at the high school, "We're increasing student engagement. We want them to feel included."

The district has also instituted an emotional and social learning emphasis in the schools.

U.S. News and World Report states on its website that "a great high school educates all students from different social and economic backgrounds, exposing them to challenging coursework on the path to graduation. The highest ranked U.S. public schools in U.S. News & World Report's 2020 Best High Schools rankings are those whose attendees demonstrated outstanding outcomes above expectations in math and reading state assessments, passed a diverse array of college-level exams and graduated in high proportions."

Greely High School in Cumberland was ranked first in Maine. Kennebunk High School, Yarmouth High School, Falmouth High School, Cape Elizabeth High School, Camden Hills, East Grand High School in Danforth, Houlton High School, York High School and Oceanside were the remaining top 10 ranked schools.