Sunday, May 08, 2005

How Good Was Your High School

Newsweek Magazine recently ranked the nation's best high schools. To get these rankings they took the total number of AP and IB (International Baccalaureate)tests taken by students in the school and divided that number by the school's total number of graduating seniors.

Utah has twelve schools in the top 1000, including two schools in the top 200: Park City #150 and West (Yeah, that surprised me, too!) #191. Brighton ranked last of the twelve #916. The Bengals ranked below (not in order) Olympus, Highland, Skyline, Woodscross, Bountiful, Davis, and the infamous Hillcrest. Given that most of the schools are from large states like Texas, NY, California and Florida, I think Utah did really well. I only saw one school each from Idaho, Washington, Montana, Nevada and Arizona and only two or three from Colorado, which makes the Beehive state look even better. I'd be interested to see the state rankings if they did it by #of schools on the list over the total number of highschools in the state. Would Utah be #1?

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At 9:36 AM, Blogger Nathan said...

I think West High has a gifted/talented program that draws smart kids. Also, the formula divided by the number of GRADUATING seniors. If the gifted/talented kids represent the majority of graduates, then it makes sense that the school would rank quite high.

At 1:48 PM, Blogger Ethan said...

Seeing West score so high is not surprising at all. West Hight School has been top tier for this state for a long time.
It's a city school, with lots of poor kids and minorities so much is assumed by the suburbs.


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