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2 Wake High Schools Named in Top 100

Posted May 22, 2007
Updated May 23, 2007

— Two Wake County public high schools are among the top 100 in the nation, according to a report released Tuesday by Newsweek Magazine.

Raleigh Charter High School ranked 18th while William G. Enloe High School placed 53rd.

Four other high schools in North Carolina made the top 100: Myers Park (Charlotte), 29th, Harding (Charlotte), 58th, Western Guilford (Greensboro), 80th, and Grimsley (Greensboro), 84th.

The school are ranked according to a ratio that factors in the number of advanced placement tests taken by the school’s graduating seniors.


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  • baracus May 24, 2007

    I agree with the other comments on how the schools were ranked. The AP exams per student ratio seems to be a rather narrow criteria for determining which schools are "best". I am not knocking the NC schools that got on there, but I wouldn't read into it too much.

  • goutytoe May 23, 2007


    You are right, I was wrong, and had them delete my comment. The school system I was thinking of was the one I graduated from 40 years ago - those days are gone.

  • RainierBeer May 23, 2007

    duke-crazy, Please offer a better evaluation before you go bashing my daughter's school (Enloe)

  • james004 May 23, 2007


    Where exactly in the USA are the public schools not "backwards" and "crime ridden"? When it comes to education, especially college level, nobody beats North Carolina. And Wake county is the best place in NC for a public education.

  • DLG May 23, 2007

    Way to go Enloe (the 'Loe) from an alumnus of class of 1987!!!

  • onpointe May 23, 2007

    My child is finishing her junior year at Raleigh Charter and she loves her school. The teachers are so nice and very willing to help any students who ask. The kids are nice too and get along really well;even those with different ideologies hang out together and respect one another.

  • dukecrazy May 23, 2007

    The fun part of statistics is you can play with the numbers all you want. The ranking is based on the total number of AP tests taken in relation to total number of graduates....the ranking has nothing to do with how well the students did on the tests! So want to get on the top 100 list, just help subsidize the costs of the tests and pressure kids to take them.

    Even the E&E rate is deceptive, if a kid takes multiple tests, as long as he passes just 1, he's added to the percentage of kids passing tests. There's no true indication here of total pass/fail rates against number of students tested.

    Quality of a school is not based on the number of standardized tests you get your students to take.

  • The Oracle May 23, 2007

    Can you please cite your source about Wake County's high graduation rate. I hope it isn't from the Wake County Schools.

  • 2late May 23, 2007

    RE:"high parent involvement--the biggest factor in drop out/retention."...seems like thats the key to successs in school in general..good point

  • Amusedone May 23, 2007


    That's a straw man's argument since Wake County has the second highest graduation rate out of the 50 largest school districts in the NATION and Enloe is in the top three (depending on the year, sometimes first) in Wake County.

    I couldn't find the stats on Raleigh Charter, but I am pretty confident that the drop out rate is low there since being enrolled at a charter usually indicates high parent involvement--the biggest factor in drop out/retention.