Does high school really prepare kids for college — and life? Some of them do, and some of them do it much, much better than others.
For more than a decade, Newsweek has been ranking the top public high schools in America, and this year they changed their methodology in hopes of highlighting solutions to problems (inspired by Waiting for ‘Supeman’) like cash-strapped districts, No Child Left Behind mandates and parent and student stress.
The new ranking criteria had six components: graduation rate (25%), college matriculation rate (25%), and AP tests taken per graduate (25%), plus average SAT/ACT scores (10%), average AP/IB scores (10%), and AP courses offered per graduate (5%).
More than 1,100 of the top public high schools across the country supplied internal data to Newsweek for the survey. Five hundred schools landed on the list. Here’s a look at best of the best:
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