NEWSWEEK COVER: America's Best High Schools, 2006
Newsweek Ranks Public High Schools Across America; Talented and Gifted in
Dallas Scores Top Spot; Florida Has Three in Top Ten and Most in Top 100
(20); New York (17); D.C. Metro (14); Texas (9)
Schools Ranked by Number of AP and IB Tests Taken, Divided by Number of
Graduating Seniors; List Recognizes Those Schools That Do Best Job of
Preparing Average Students for College
NEW YORK, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The High School for the Talented and Gifted in Dallas, Texas, is the top public high school in the United States, according to Newsweek's new compilation of America's best public high schools. The Jefferson County School in Irondale, Alabama, which had the top spot in Newsweek's 2005 ranking, is number two on the list, followed by BASIS Charter in Tucson, Ariz., City Honors in Buffalo, N.Y., and Stanton College Prep in Jacksonville, Fla. Florida has three schools in the top ten and five in the top 25, and Texas has five in the top 25. The list is the subject of the May 8 Newsweek cover story, "America's Best High Schools, 2006" (on newsstands Monday, May 1). (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20060430/NYSU006 ) The schools are ranked according to a ratio devised by Contributing Editor Jay Mathews: the total number of Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) tests taken at a school and divided by the number of graduating seniors. All public schools that achieved a ratio of at least 1.000, meaning they had given as many tests in 2005 as they had graduates, are on the list on the Newsweek Web site, www.Newsweek.com, and the top 100 schools are listed in the magazine. Mathews ranks 1,139 schools. Also as part of the cover package, Senior Editor Barbara Kantrowitz and Washington Correspondent Pat Wingert report that with the Best High Schools list, Newsweek recognizes those schools that do the best job of preparing average students for college. AP and IB courses-the measure for the list-are indicators of a school's efforts to get students to excel and prepare for college. But many schools not on our list are also challenging students in innovative ways, Newsweek reports-proof that the national experiment in high- school education is just beginning. Newsweek examines what the goals of high school should be, from stressing creating good citizens, celebrating liberal arts and preparing for work, to single-sex education and emphasizing science and technology. A one-size-fits-all approach no longer works for everyone, the new thinking goes; a more individualized experience is better. "We are changing the goal of high school and what it's possible to achieve there," says Tom Vander Ark, executive director of the Gates Foundation's education initiative, which has spent $1 billion in 1,600 high schools in 40 states plus the District of Columbia over the last six years. (Read cover package and see the entire list of high schools and FAQ at www.Newsweek.com.) Rank School Location State Index 1 Talented and Gifted Dallas Texas 14.128 2 Jefferson County** Irondale Ala. 9.914 3 BASIS Charter Tucson Ariz. 9.909 4 City Honors** Buffalo N.Y. 8.140 5 Stanton College Prep** Jacksonville Fla. 7.973 6 Eastside** Gainesville Fla. 7.535 7 Suncoast Riviera Community** Beach Fla. 7.532 8 Science/Engineering Magnet Dallas Texas 6.275 9 International Bloomfield Academy* Hills Mich. 6.127 10 Academic North Magnet Charleston S.C. 5.833 11 Science Academy of South Texas Mercedes Texas 5.776 12 North Hills School** Irving Texas 5.660 13 H-B Woodlawn Arlington Va. 5.575 14 Eastern Sierra Academy Bridgeport Calif. 5.500 15 Richard Montgomery** Rockville Md. 5.409 16 Myers Park** Charlotte N.C. 5.047 17 Classen School of Advanced Oklahoma Studies** City Okla. 4.803 18 Highland Park Dallas Texas 4.735 19 Clarke County** Berryville Va. 4.633 20 Little Rock Little Central Rock Ark. 4.626 21 Hillsborough** Tampa Fla. 4.596 22 San Diego High School of International Studies* San Diego Calif. 4.576 23 John Miller- Great Neck North Great Neck N.Y. 4.533 24 Wilson Magnet** Rochester N.Y. 4.522 25 Atlantic Delray Community** Beach Fla. 4.520 26 Lowell San Francisco Calif. 4.462 27 Jericho Jericho N.Y. 4.450 28 Paxon School for Advanced Studies** Jacksonville Fla. 4.442 29 Coral Reef** Miami Fla. 4.401 30 Lincoln Park** Chicago Ill. 4.338 31 Great Neck South Great Neck N.Y. 4.321 32 South Rockville Side** Centre N.Y. 4.202 33 Dreyfoos School of West Palm Arts Beach Fla. 4.186 34 Bethesda- Chevy Chase** Bethesda Md. 4.179 35 Cold Spring Cold Spring Harbor Harbor N.Y. 4.165 36 Southside** Greenville S.C. 4.136 37 Newport Bellevue Wash. 4.067 38 Pensacola** Pensacola Fla. 4.053 39 Martin Luther King Nashville Tenn. 4.049 40 Metro Academic & Classical** St. Louis Mo. 4.048 41 George Falls Mason** Church Va. 4.045 42 Rye Rye N.Y. 4.042 43 Hume-Fogg Academic Nashville Tenn. 4.031 44 Interlake** Bellevue Wash. 3.980 45 Los Angeles Center for Enriched Los Studies Angeles Calif. 3.964 46 Troy** Fullerton Calif. 3.956 47 Yorktown Arlington Va. 3.926 48 Cocoa Cocoa Beach** Beach Fla. 3.924 49 Bellevue Bellevue Wash. 3.887 50 Mills University Little Studies Rock Ark. 3.886 51 Wootton Rockville Md. 3.856 52 Washington- Lee** Arlington Va. 3.845 53 Raleigh Charter Raleigh N.C. 3.837 54 Signature School Evansville Ind. 3.833 55 Black River Holland Mich. 3.813 56 Edgemont Scarsdale N.Y. 3.772 57 International School Bellevue Wash. 3.741 58 Pittsford Mendon Pittsford N.Y. 3.736 59 Enloe** Raleigh N.C. 3.732 60 Design & Architecture Miami Fla. 3.728 61 Pittsford Sutherland Pittsford N.Y. 3.718 62 Greeley Chappaqua N.Y. 3.699 63 St. St. Petersburg** Petersburg Fla. 3.667 64 Communication San Arts Antonio Texas 3.655 65 Walnut Hills Cincinnati Ohio 3.635 66 Harding University** Charlotte N.C. 3.619 67 Miami Palmetto Miami Fla. 3.615 68 Indian Hill Cincinnati Ohio 3.571 69 Manhasset Manhasset N.Y. 3.482 70 Maritime & Science Tech(MAST) Miami Fla. 3.473 71 Plant Tampa Fla. 3.462 72 Grimsley** Greensboro N.C. 3.448 73 King** Tampa Fla. 3.448 74 Churchill Potomac Md. 3.436 75 Fort Myers** Fort Myers Fla. 3.417 76 Riverside- Brookfield Riverside Ill. 3.415 77 Auburn** Auburn Ala. 3.412 78 Gunn Palo Alto Calif. 3.407 79 Lincoln Tallahassee Fla. 3.407 80 Langley McLean Va. 3.399 81 Boston Latin Boston Mass. 3.398 82 McNair Jersey Academic City N.J. 3.395 83 Booker T. Washington** Tulsa Okla. 3.387 84 Spruce Port Creek** Orange Fla. 3.386 85 McLean McLean Va. 3.377 86 Warwick** Newport News Va. 3.354 87 YES College Prep Southeast Houston Texas 3.329 88 Blind Brook Rye Brook N.Y. 3.325 89 Palm Harbor Palm University** Harbor Fla. 3.250 90 W. T. Woodson Fairfax Va. 3.233 91 South Texas High School for Health Professions Mercedes Texas 3.232 92 Brighton Rochester N.Y. 3.226 93 North Mecklenburg** Huntersville N.C. 3.212 94 Briarcliff Briarcliff Manor N.Y. 3.205 95 Diamond Hill-Jarvis Fort Worth Texas 3.196 96 Vandermeulen Port Jefferson N.Y. 3.195 97 Chagrin Chagrin Falls Falls Ohio 3.190 98 Centreville Clifton Va. 3.173 99 Wyoming Wyoming Ohio 3.171 100 Walter Johnson Bethesda Md. 3.160 * Gave just IB tests. ** Gave both IB and AP tests. AP and IB participation are indicators of a school's efforts to get students to excel and prepare for college. What Makes a High School Great?: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12532668/site/newsweek/ Why AP Matters: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12535969/site/newsweek/ The Complete List of High Schools: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12532678/site/newsweek/ The Public Elites: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12551652/site/newsweek/ FAQ: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12535985/site/newsweek/
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