Top 10 High SchoolsNewsweek and The Daily Beast have just published their annual list of America's top 1000 high schools. Over 2,300 schools were rated from a composite score that included: graduation rate, college matriculation rate, Advanced Placement(AP)/International Baccalaureate/ Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) tests taken per student, average SAT/ACT scores, average AP/IB/AICE scores, and AP courses offered per student.
Newsweek's analysis of the top ranking schools: "Nearly 77% of the 1,000 admit students through open enrollment, with no admissions restrictions. But many of the highest spots were claimed by selective schools-where students are let in by academic achievement, admissions testing, or lottery-which makes sense given the growth of magnet, charter, and other specialty schools around the country. Seven out of the top 10 schools on our list are either charter or magnet."
They also point out that, "Those highest-ranking schools share a heavy emphasis on challenging students with college-level academics. At the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science, in Bowling Green, KY-which came in first place-nearly all courses are university-level."
The top rated schools in 2012:
1. The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science, Bowling Green, KY
2. The School for the Talented and Gifted Magnet, Dallas,TX
3. Basis Scottsdale, Scottsdale, AZ
4. School of Science and Engineering Magnet, Dallas,TX
5. Basis Tucson, Tucson, AZ
6. Jefferson County International Baccalaureate School, Birmingham, AL
7. Signature School, Evansville, IN
8. Stanton College Preparatory School, Jacksonville, FL
9. Suncoast Community, Riviera Beach, FL
10. Thomas Jefferson for Science and Technology, Alexandria, VA
Out of the top 1000, 138 of the schools are in California, 118 are in New York, 86 are in Texas, and 74 are in New Jersey. The full list and methodology can be found here.
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