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100 Best High Schools In America Ranked (Three Schools From Virginia Make Top 100)
WKMG TV NEWS ^ | 11-30-2007

Posted on 12/01/2007 10:49:31 AM PST by Cagey

WASHINGTON -- U.S. News & World Report says America's best high school is in Virginia, one of three to make it in the magazine's top 100.

The magazine's first-ever high school rankings give the top honor to Fairfax County's elite Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.

Using K-12 data research and analysis business run by Standard & Poor's, the magazine put high schools in 40 states through a three-step analysis. U.S. News and World measured how each school's students performed on state tests, adjusting for student circumstances. Then it evaluated how well each school's disadvantaged students did. Lastly, they looked at whether the school was successful in providing college-level coursework.

The magazine's analysis considered more than 18,500 high schools in 40 states.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: fairfaxcounty; highschools; tjhsst; topten
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To: BOBTHENAILER; xsmommy

From the US News & World Report page describing the Ranking Formula they used:

“We analyzed 18,790 public high schools in 40 states using data from the 2005-2006 school year.”

http://www.usnews.com/articles/education/high-schools/2007/11/29/the-ranking-formula.html?s_cid=related-links:TOP


51 posted on 12/01/2007 12:25:03 PM PST by Cagey (Many go fishing all their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.......Thoreau)
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To: Cagey
I don’t know why the editor or author made an issue out of three from Virginia being in the top 100. I counted 18 being in New York.

23 from California

52 posted on 12/01/2007 12:25:44 PM PST by dragnet2
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To: BOBTHENAILER

Charter schools are technically part of the public school system in most states.

The one school in Delaware I noticed on the list is a Charter school in Wilmington, but it is a public school even though there is criteria for entrance.


53 posted on 12/01/2007 12:25:51 PM PST by Gabz (Don't tell my mom I'm a lobbyist, she thinks I'm a piano player in a whorehouse)
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To: Cagey; Gabz
Thanks for the info.....just checking

Charter School Of Wilmington New Castle County, Wilmington, Delaware

54 posted on 12/01/2007 12:28:38 PM PST by BOBTHENAILER (One by one, in small groups or in whole armies, we don't care how we do it, but we're gonna getcha)
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To: ex-Texan

“My son graduated from Lake Oswego High School in 1985. He was a National Merit winner, Senior Class President, captain of the soccer team and valedictorian. At the time, the school was ranked in the Top 50. Two other Oregon high schools were ranked in the top 100. Now the state is nowhere to be seen. “

My high school was ranked #6 in 1972. Newton High School, Newton, Mass. Now it is ranked #350.


55 posted on 12/01/2007 12:33:52 PM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Pray for, and support our troops(heroes) !! And vote out the RINO's!!)
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To: xsmommy

My High School is in the top 50.

For years it was in the top ten.

I guess the Lihs call this “Progress”.


56 posted on 12/01/2007 12:35:30 PM PST by Right_in_Virginia
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To: dawn53
20 are from California, but i wouldn’t want to live there!

I don't know where you went to school, but there seems to be 23 from California on the list, not 20.

57 posted on 12/01/2007 12:35:36 PM PST by dragnet2
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To: Cagey

Saving for later. Thanks.


58 posted on 12/01/2007 12:44:00 PM PST by raj bhatia
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To: Cagey; Clemenza; Cicero; Phsstpok
Scarsdale Senior High School Westchester County, Scarsdale, New York

Lert my reding and riting thar.

59 posted on 12/01/2007 12:49:31 PM PST by razorback-bert (Posted by Time's Man of the Year)
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To: Cagey
About the same number in each state relative to population.

Note, though, that Oakton and Vienna are simply regular old highschools in an immensely wealthy and highly educated part of Fairfax County. The students at TJ are selected from the broad masses of mostly Fairfax County to attend what some wrongly call a "Magnet School" ~ no, they aren't trying to get white kids to go to school there.

To be realistic ALL highschools in Fairfax County are operated as part of a single, unitary system. The differences arise out of the abilities of the students attending each school, not the resources allocated or the capabilities of the teachers ~ 'cause if it were otherwise we would have run the school board out of town!

60 posted on 12/01/2007 12:57:05 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: SoftballMominVA
Your typical TJ graduate could have probably begun attending college and done quite well and just skipped TJ all together.
61 posted on 12/01/2007 12:58:39 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: dragnet2

Well, I went to school in Florida, so that explains it. I wasn’t really aiming for accuracy though...I was using “new math” and estimating, LOL.


62 posted on 12/01/2007 12:58:47 PM PST by dawn53
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To: ml/nj
Fairfax County (which provides most of the "feed" into TJ, the number one school on the list) doesn't really have any disadvantaged people.

It's kind of a wealthy place ~ usually number one or two in the country (per capita).

63 posted on 12/01/2007 1:01:24 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: Cagey
WASHINGTON -- U.S. News & World Report says America's best high school is in Virginia, one of three to make it in the magazine's top 100.

The magazine's first-ever high school rankings give the top honor to Fairfax County's elite Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.

Using K-12 data research and analysis business run by Standard & Poor's, the magazine put high schools in 40 states through a three-step analysis.

Only 40 states?

U.S. News and World measured how each school's students performed on state tests, adjusting for student circumstances.

Student circumstances?

Then it evaluated how well each school's disadvantaged students did.

Why was it necessary to break them out into a different category?

Lastly, they looked at whether the school was successful in providing college-level coursework.

I'd rather they provide good solid high-school level coursework.

The magazine's analysis considered more than 18,500 high schools in 40 states.

Then the overall conclusions are in doubt.  With 20% of the nations high schools not considered, what value does the conclusion provide?  There may have been many good schools not evaluated, and the standing of the schools in the 80 perscentile affected considerably.  A school coming in first may have come in tenth or worse with all schools considered.

I guess if this is the best they can do, it's at least interesting in passing.

64 posted on 12/01/2007 1:07:35 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Mr. President, Article IV Section IV is in our Constitution, and the states it refers to are ours.)
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To: Cagey

“Then it evaluated how well each school’s disadvantaged students did.”

And this is relevant because . . . ?

If one is to rank the top US public HS, then doesn’t this by definition eliminate or downgrade public HS with non-”disadvantaged” students?

Just another way to politically correct the list?

Note to the editors: Yes, Highland Park HS (Dallas) is one of the top public HS. Much better than anything DISD has to offer. To rank any DISD school ahead of HP is a joke. People don’t move into Dallas for the public schools. They move OUT because OF the public schools.


65 posted on 12/01/2007 1:16:31 PM PST by A_Former_Democrat
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To: Cagey

Bogus study. Lots of “adjustments” to account for “circumstances.”

Another way of saying making sure the list looks like elites on the coasts think it should look. If the liberal intelligentsia can create the idea that it’s schools are the best, their students turn into the smart people . . . and the cycle of the intelligentsia perpetuates itself.


66 posted on 12/01/2007 1:25:37 PM PST by hoyaloya
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To: A_Former_Democrat

Looking at the scores of “disadvantaged” students at these to see if they are are higher than the average for “disadvantaged” students in a given states is an attempt to see whether a top schools is actually better on its own merits rather than on its demographics alone. For example, if poor black kids at Top 100 High School score 50 points higher than poor black kids in the rest of the state, then the school is responsible for that increase and therefore should be considered a top school.


67 posted on 12/01/2007 1:26:29 PM PST by LWalk18
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To: muawiyah
Fairfax County (which provides most of the "feed" into TJ, the number one school on the list) doesn't really have any disadvantaged people. It's kind of a wealthy place

I've been there. (Scarsdale is wealthy too.) Walter Williams' grandkids probably count as "disadvantaged."

ML/NJ

68 posted on 12/01/2007 1:55:58 PM PST by ml/nj
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To: Man50D

When I attended Brooklyn Tech, there were 6000 students.... all male


69 posted on 12/01/2007 1:59:21 PM PST by Vermonter
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To: ml/nj
Algore grew up just "one of the guys" down on the block.

SeewhatI'msayin!@

70 posted on 12/01/2007 1:59:25 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: DocRock

Well, whoever compiled list most likely did not go to one of the schools on the list!


71 posted on 12/01/2007 2:03:44 PM PST by Erasmus (My simplifying explanation had the disconcerting side effect of making the subject incomprehensible.)
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To: Cagey
[...]the State of VA tourism board had come up with a catchy phrase which appeared on tens of thousands of bumper stickers. “Virginia is for Lovers”.

So that's what it said! I'm kind of nearsighted. I thought it said,

"Virgins is for Lovers."

72 posted on 12/01/2007 2:06:37 PM PST by Erasmus (My simplifying explanation had the disconcerting side effect of making the subject incomprehensible.)
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To: xsmommy
there are actually 6 in the top 100 from the suburban DC area— both MD and VA.

Not surprising. Washington is the best educated metro area in the country and probably the intellectual capital as well, frightening as that thought may be.

73 posted on 12/01/2007 2:20:29 PM PST by sphinx
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To: Cagey
STUDENTS Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology

STUDENTS Average Loser High School, Anywhere, USA


74 posted on 12/01/2007 2:24:59 PM PST by Daffynition (The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear.)
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To: Dionysius
Oh,oh — Missouri flunked out. Guess I’ll eat some worms!

Hey, KCMO Public School District can't even get state accreditation! I recall reading somewhere that less that 40% of entering freshman will actually graduate from the KCMO school district.

Mark

75 posted on 12/01/2007 3:04:06 PM PST by MarkL (Listen, Strange women lyin' in ponds distributin' swords is no basis for a system of government)
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To: MarkL

St. Louis schools had their accredidation stripped from them. Of course it was called racist by the Post-Dispatch. Hmmm — do you think, if not for racism, they would have made the top 100?


76 posted on 12/01/2007 3:50:59 PM PST by Dionysius (Jingoism is no vice.)
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To: Gabz

i have never seen a list ranking private HSs.


77 posted on 12/01/2007 4:32:01 PM PST by xsmommy
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To: VOA

seems to be the fave name of many Catholic schools : ) i know of several.


78 posted on 12/01/2007 4:33:19 PM PST by xsmommy
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To: BOBTHENAILER

charter schools can be public. it specifically says in the article that it only considered public HSs.


79 posted on 12/01/2007 4:35:00 PM PST by xsmommy
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To: Daffynition

The water pic looks like it is in India! Poor Indians.


80 posted on 12/01/2007 6:01:27 PM PST by US_MilitaryRules (All my bullets are dipped in PIG fat. How about yours?)
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To: xsmommy

Honestly, I’ve seen it. I also get enough fund raising requests mentioning (actually highlighting) the listing.

However, for all I know it could be a NYS only listing, I haven’t paid any attention to it in years and years.


81 posted on 12/01/2007 6:05:51 PM PST by Gabz (Don't tell my mom I'm a lobbyist, she thinks I'm a piano player in a whorehouse)
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To: Daffynition

Not funny.


82 posted on 12/01/2007 6:07:01 PM PST by Gabz (Don't tell my mom I'm a lobbyist, she thinks I'm a piano player in a whorehouse)
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To: xsmommy

There are 4 in Texas on the Mexican border. More in Dallas and Houston but four on the border is interesting.


83 posted on 12/01/2007 6:13:06 PM PST by lonestar
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To: muawiyah
The typical TJ grad is taking college courses in their freshman year. There was a story in the WaPo last year of a young man who graduated from TJ with enough credits he was able to graduate in a year from UVA. Granted, he took a whole lot of credits while at UVA and that did include 2 semesters and a summer, but that was pretty impressive. IIRC he majored in math and minored or double majored in a science.

My own child will graduate from her high school with enough credits to be be a 2nd semester sophomore when she walks onto campus. Good deal - saves me money! :)

84 posted on 12/01/2007 6:18:48 PM PST by SoftballMominVA (Never wrestle with a pig; he wants to get dirty anyway.)
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To: Hot Tabasco

Both of the high schools in my rural county teach Latin I, II, III, IV, and V. There are enough kids taking these classes to offer them each semester.


85 posted on 12/01/2007 6:21:46 PM PST by SoftballMominVA (Never wrestle with a pig; he wants to get dirty anyway.)
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To: Daffynition

FWIW, the school on the bottom is probably from India


86 posted on 12/01/2007 6:23:30 PM PST by SoftballMominVA (Never wrestle with a pig; he wants to get dirty anyway.)
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To: xtinct

Using “old” math, I counted five, including:

Dover-Sherborn Regional High Norfolk County, Dover

Media And Technology Charter School Suffolk County, Boston


87 posted on 12/01/2007 6:42:24 PM PST by OESY
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To: Dionysius
St. Louis schools had their accredidation stripped from them. Of course it was called racist by the Post-Dispatch. Hmmm — do you think, if not for racism, they would have made the top 100?

Absolutely! The reason that there's a 60-Plus percent dropout and failure rate is racism! The reason that half of the kids who do graduate can't write a coherent sentence or make change is because of racism. The reason they can't learn is racism. The cause of global warming is racism. Everything bad in the world is caused by racism!

Actually, there were a number of schools in the KCMO school district that were actually in Independence, MO, and the voters of Independence wanted to take over those schools, bringing them into the Independence School District, which is a pretty good district with pretty good schools. Well, KCMO did everything they could to keep those schools from being taken over, from trying to keep the initiative off the ballots, to filing law suits, to threatening to change all the locks on the doors, and not allow anyone into the buildings. Because if the KCMO Public Schools lose all those kids, they also lose LOTS of money from the feds and the state! I believe that the initiative will be on the next ballot. I know that the parents want their kids OUT of the KCMO public school district.

Mark

88 posted on 12/01/2007 7:34:16 PM PST by MarkL (Listen, Strange women lyin' in ponds distributin' swords is no basis for a system of government)
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To: DocRock
Third on the list is..."Polk County, Bartow, Florida Oxford Academy"

No such school exists. However, there is an International Baccalaureate School in Bartow, FL which ranks as third.

The list needs a html break between "California" and "International" to properly represent the school in Bartow.

My daughter is a senior there.

Similarly, there's no such school as Sarasota County, Osprey, Florida High Technology High School ... there is, however, a Pine View School in Osprey - one of the best high schools in Florida.

89 posted on 12/01/2007 7:41:55 PM PST by JellyJam (Best headline ever: "The Painful Truth: All the World Terrorists Are Muslims!")
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To: xsmommy

What!! No Corona Del Mar HS or Newport Harbor HS, Horsesh$t.........!!!!!


90 posted on 12/01/2007 7:50:29 PM PST by cmsgop ( MURTHA: 'I think the 'surge' is working'...)
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To: xsmommy
it specifically says in the article that it only considered public HSs.

New Republic stood by Scott Beauchamp's bs story about Iraq atrocities, too. CNN swears it's Republican debate questioners weren't DemonRat plants. Dan Rather with CBS swears his Bush National Guard records story was true. John Kerry swears his war record was smeared by the Swiftboat Veterans (who knew better).

Then again, US News & World Reports is a little better (and Charter musn't REALLY mean Charter).

91 posted on 12/01/2007 8:25:45 PM PST by BOBTHENAILER (One by one, in small groups or in whole armies, we don't care how we do it, but we're gonna getcha)
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To: MarkL

And the unfortunate Independence kids have to apply for college coming from a failed district, just so a corrupt organization can keep up its bloated payroll. Even if Independence win the initiative, KC will keep it in the courts forever. These doomed kids can only be saved by one concept — vouchers, but our chicken GOP candidates won’t touch the issue. When are they going to realize that they’ll never make the blacks (and other Dem vassals) love them, no matter how much they grovel and pander?

Dennis


92 posted on 12/01/2007 8:28:36 PM PST by Dionysius (Jingoism is no vice.)
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To: BOBTHENAILER
maybe CHARTER is an education term of art, because i googled it and they are definitely defined as public schools.
93 posted on 12/02/2007 4:44:12 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: lonestar

that IS very interesting. It is far less surprising that the schools are mostly in wealthy urban areas.


94 posted on 12/02/2007 4:47:36 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: Cagey

Wow. Thanks for the info!


95 posted on 12/02/2007 4:54:25 AM PST by Joya (May God rest your soul in peace, Sean Taylor. Heartfelt condolences to your loved ones.)
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To: xsmommy
I’ve never really understood exactly what Charter schools are. Thanks for posting that link.
96 posted on 12/02/2007 4:57:46 AM PST by Cagey (Many go fishing all their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.......Thoreau)
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To: Redcloak
My alma mater’s on the list.

Shocking, eh?

Mine's there as well. I'd have been shocked if it wasn't. But then, considering the taxes that are being paid to support that school system...

97 posted on 12/02/2007 4:58:41 AM PST by Fresh Wind (Wipe the bottom, vote for Rodham!)
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To: Cagey

i really didn’t understand either, but i know the charter schools in DC are public schools, so i knew they COULD be public. how novel a concept, a public school with ACCOUNTABILITY; pretty funny when you think about it.


98 posted on 12/02/2007 5:05:36 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: Cagey

Five in little Massachusetts.


99 posted on 12/02/2007 5:25:22 AM PST by metesky ("Brethren, leave us go amongst them." Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond- The Searchers)
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To: xtinct

Five.


100 posted on 12/02/2007 5:27:28 AM PST by metesky ("Brethren, leave us go amongst them." Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond- The Searchers)
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