Attention to academic excellence and rigor from area students was rewarded recently as 13 Chester County high schools were named to Newsweek Magazine’s America’s top 2000 high schools.
Newsweek publishes a review of its annual listing for the top 2000 high schools in the nation based on the latest data from 2012.
In order, the county schools ranked were Conestoga High School 124, Unionville High School 239, Great Valley High School 359, Downingtown High School East 604, Downingtown High School West 696, West Chester Henderson 807, Phoenixville 839, West Chester Bayard Rustin 932, West Chester East 1036, Renaissance Academy Charter School 1055, Avon Grove High School 1394, Kennett High School 1525 and Octorara 1685.
Criteria used by the publication assigns 25 percent of the ranking to the school’s graduation rate, 25 percent to college acceptance rate, 25 percent to AP/IB/AICE tests per student, 10 percent for average SAT/ACT scores, 10 percent for average AP/IB scores, and 5 percent based on the percentage of students enrolled in at least one AP/IB course during the school year.
“Our community’s confidence that the school district could operate three different high schools and maintain a high level of excellence at each has certainly been validated by these quantitative rankings,” said Rob Partridge, West Chester Area School District communications director.
According to the Digest of Education Statistics there are approximately 26,407 public secondary schools across America including Charter Schools.
Parkesburg Gazette Editor’s Note: We must make reader’s aware, Newsweek only invited 5000 of 34,600 high schools in the country to participate in the survey, and only 2500 responded. In addition, the data used to rank Octorara was inaccurate.