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Newsweek: America's Top High Schools

Sunday, 30 April 2006 12:00 AM

NEW YORK -- 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."

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.

But many schools not on the 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.

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