Which Philly area high schools are the best in the US?

Tabitha Dunn
April 26, 2017

U.S. News ranked nationally the 6,041 schools that scored highest. The Kansas City area had no gold schools but did have 12 schools ranked at the silver level in the range of 501 to 2,609 on the overall list.

After being ranked the top high school in Wisconsin by U.S. News and World Report a year ago, Whitefish Bay High School dropped to second place in the magazine's 2017 rankings, which were released on Tuesday, April 25.

Amistad Academy in New Haven, Weston High School, and East Granby High School finished in the top three of the rankings, respectively.

Two of Mississippi's three best high schools are on the Coast, an annual survey from U.S. News & World Report concludes. High Technology High School in New Jersey was named the nation's best STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) school for the third year in a row. University High, which has a 97 percent college acceptance rate, is ranked No. 65 in the nation, up from No. 81 in 2016.

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A gold award means the school ranks in the top 500 schools for highest college readiness, and a silver award is a notch down for higher performing schools with lower college readiness. Redondo Union High was also ranked 844th nationally, which it earned a silver medal.

Four high schools is Edmond are among the 10 best in Oklahoma, the publication's 2017 Best High Schools rankings show.

U.S. News & World Report looks at how each school performs on reading and math state proficiency exams while factoring in the percentage of economically disadvantaged students. The AP participation rate at Ridgefield High School is 68%.

"Ridgefield High School is ranked fourth within CT", the report said. For the 2017 rankings, the graduation rate reflect students who entered the ninth grade in the 2011-2012 school year. Maryland was also a state where suppression of test data had a large impact on the final outcome, according to U.S. News & World Report education writer Robert Morse. (A few weeks ago, BASIS publicly acknowledged it's an academically selective school, so, finally, we can agree on that point).

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