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U.S. News & World Report Ranks the Best High Schools of 2012

The trusted authority on education brings you the nation’s top high school rankings



By Greg Scott Neuman
Posted 2012

Best High School Rankings 2012
Best High School Rankings 2012

If you've been wondering how your high school measures up against others across the nation, the newest Best High Schools report is now online at USNews.com. In it you will find America’s most trusted high school rankings.

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U.S. News & World Report ranks high schools according to a variety of criteria, including overall performance on state tests, the math and reading proficiency rates of disadvantaged students, and college readiness of graduates. Relevant data was collected from the U.S. Department of Education, the College Board, the International Baccalaureate and state-wide accountability test results.

“A three-step process determined the best high schools,” Bob Morse, director of data research for U.S. News, said in an article detailing the ranking methodology. “The first two steps ensured that the schools serve all their students well, using state proficiency standards as the benchmarks. For those schools that made it past the first two steps, a third step assessed the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work.”

The top performing high schools fall into the Gold, Silver, Bronze and Honorable Mention categories. Those with the most participation and highest scores on AP® math and science exams are ranked among the Best Math and Science Schools. Winners by type (Top charter Schools, Top Magnet Schools, Top Economically Disadvantaged Schools, etc.) and demographic (Highest Asian-American Enrollment, Highest African-American Enrollment, Largest Enrollment, etc.) are noted. And the Most Connected Classrooms rankings, published for the first time last year, are also available.

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The high school rankings page on USNews.com brings you a variety of additional content as well. This includes a searchable database of schools, state-by-state statistics, in-depth articles on issues important to students and their parents, and convenient links to college rankings and resources.

The high school rankings from U.S. News are your go-to resource for an unbiased look at the nation’s best high schools.

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