Arizona charters sweep top spots in 'best high schools' report

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Ben Franklin High School

New Jersey schools with selective enrollment, including specialized high schools run by county vocational districts, typically rank ahead of numerous state's traditional high schools.

Glacier was among 6,041 high schools to receive national recognition, earning a silver medal.

After being ranked the top high school in Wisconsin by U.S. News and World Report past year, Whitefish Bay High School dropped to second place in the magazine's 2017 rankings, which were released on Tuesday, April 25. Unfortunately, if you read the Star's misleading front page article, you get a different, and incorrect, picture of how a high school makes it to the top.

Top high school in the state is Amistad Academy in New Haven and coming in second is Weston High School. In October, Fresno Unified - the district that authorizes University High's charter - questioned the school's appearance on a list of charter schools accused of being discriminatory by the American Civil Liberties Union.

2017 is the first year that BASIS Peoria and BASIS Chandler are eligible for the U.S. News & World Report rankings.

Cheyenne Mountain High School in Cheyenne Mountain District 12, came in 25th place, with Pine Creek High in Academy School District 20 in 26th.

The 2017 rankings of best high schools identify the top-performing public schools at both the national and the state level and include data on more than 28,000 high schools. The top five MS schools were awarded silver medals, and Pass Christian and Gulfport received bronze medals.

The article states that in the 2017 U.S. News Best High School rankings, CT has earned eight gold medal schools, 24 silver medal schools and 16 bronze medal schools. BASIS schools are filled with a select group of conscientious, high achieving students.

Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña said she was glad to see city schools clinch the top slots. According to U.S. News, rankings are determined based on students' graduation rates, performance on state tests and college readiness.

- More than 95 percent of all students were deemed as "college ready" after four years, with a graduation rate of 100 percent. 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. "They're all products of the city's public school system and it goes all the way back to elementary school".

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