Skip to comments.100 Best High Schools In America Ranked (Three Schools From Virginia Make Top 100)
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.
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.”
23 from California
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.
Charter School Of Wilmington New Castle County, Wilmington, Delaware
“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.
My High School is in the top 50.
For years it was in the top ten.
I guess the Lihs call this “Progress”.
I don't know where you went to school, but there seems to be 23 from California on the list, not 20.
Saving for later. Thanks.
Lert my reding and riting thar.
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!
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.
It's kind of a wealthy place ~ usually number one or two in the country (per capita).
“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.
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.
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.
I've been there. (Scarsdale is wealthy too.) Walter Williams' grandkids probably count as "disadvantaged."
When I attended Brooklyn Tech, there were 6000 students.... all male
Well, whoever compiled list most likely did not go to one of the schools on the list!
So that's what it said! I'm kind of nearsighted. I thought it said,
"Virgins is for Lovers."
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.
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.
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?
i have never seen a list ranking private HSs.
seems to be the fave name of many Catholic schools : ) i know of several.
charter schools can be public. it specifically says in the article that it only considered public HSs.
The water pic looks like it is in India! Poor Indians.
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.
There are 4 in Texas on the Mexican border. More in Dallas and Houston but four on the border is interesting.
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! :)
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.
FWIW, the school on the bottom is probably from India
Using “old” math, I counted five, including:
Dover-Sherborn Regional High Norfolk County, Dover
Media And Technology Charter School Suffolk County, Boston
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.
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.
What!! No Corona Del Mar HS or Newport Harbor HS, Horsesh$t.........!!!!!
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).
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?
that IS very interesting. It is far less surprising that the schools are mostly in wealthy urban areas.
Wow. Thanks for the info!
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...
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.
Five in little Massachusetts.