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Durham School of the Arts tops 'best high schools' list

Posted April 24, 2013
Updated April 25, 2013

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— U.S. News & World Report on Tuesday released its annual rankings for best high schools, and several Triangle area schools are at the top of the list for North Carolina.

Durham School of the Arts and Carrboro High School ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, among hundreds of schools evaluated for the list.

“This is very much a reflection of the quality and dedication of our teachers and our school staff as a whole,” Durham School of the Arts principal David Hawks said in a statement. “It represents the hard work and focus on academic and artistic excellence of our students. It represents the support of our parents for their children and for our school as well. It also represents the support of our community partners including Duke University, Durham Performing Arts Center and the Reality Center.”

Middle Creek High in Apex ranked seventh on the list, while Cary High School came in at No. 9.

One school in Fayetteville made the list: Terry Sanford High on Fort Bragg Road earned the No. 21.

The media outlet teamed up with the Washington, D.C.-based American Institutes for Research to come up with the rankings of more than 21,000 public high schools nationwide. The schools were measured on performance indicators that show they are successfully educating their students.

See the entire list online.
 

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  • LuvLivingInCary Apr 29, 2013

    you guys can make this out to be a cary vs. durham thing if you won't but that's not what my posts are about. it's about the standardized test scores for these schools that speak for themselves. come on the school is a school of distinction. that''s number three in the order of standardized rankings. and yes diversity is a huge part of these magazine rankings. if you don't agree then you are in denial. the social issues i talked about are purely based on numerous random people from that school coming in my store. enough to make generalizations.

  • jmc3 Apr 26, 2013

    Great job DSA, we are proud of you! I am the father of three teenagers enrolled in the Durham Public Schools. While my children don't attend DSA, I can say that at every school, there are social/academic overachievers, and those who, for whatever reason, do not to excel. That fact is not county-specific. I think that what is bothering some is that a DURHAM school dared get this award. After all, many in Cary and elsewhere,have the stereotypical notion that nothing good ever happens in Durham. They were probably told this by their real estate agent when they moved down here and have perpetuated the stereotype ever since.
    People will believe what they want to believe and that's ok.
    Hey Prozac, want to join me for lunch at one of our fine Durham restaurants. We were just voted Southern Living's "Tastiest Town in the South" this week.

  • Phyxius1 Apr 26, 2013

    ProzacDispenser.
    You love Cary school and that's all that matters to you. Wish you could meet my son and see how social he is, if he could find time from all his friends, school and activities to meet with you. Wish you could meet any of his friends who excelled at school and also socially. Living in Cary once again does not make you social or guaranteed a MIT, Duke or UNC scholarship if you are bright. If what you say is true then Cary shouldn't have made #9 with all the smoke blowing and should have been lower..If Cary kids are bright and excel past DSA kids like you say they should also be much lower on the social scale as you say DSA kids are....Too bad for them...I`ll stick with the DSA kids I know and their social activities that have made them the excellent adults they are becoming any-day. No school rating in a magazine or the county they live in will change that. BTW- All of them came from three figure salary homes as well as mine so DSA is not for the " Poor" Kids

  • LuvLivingInCary Apr 26, 2013

    just went and looked at the ncreportcards site on this school for their eog results. not sure how they got this award if you look at the facts. readers educate yourself...

  • LuvLivingInCary Apr 26, 2013

    LOL. with all the smoke blowers and magazine rankings..just went and looked at the middle school eog test scores...this place ain't even a school of excellence and it's a secondary magnet school. only 85% of the class passed the EOG tests. most cary schools are schools of honor i.e. > 90% passage.

    facts are facts.

  • LuvLivingInCary Apr 26, 2013

    just my observation from the kids in my place......who know's i'm just an adult looking from the outside in. those schools have many kids from NC counties with poor school systems so they come to durham for a better opportunity. most of them give up four years of family living for what...a MIT scholarship they can get anyway in most wake county schools if they really are that bright. thus the social issues arise..

    your kid can excel academically and play ever sport in the world but without social skills they stand alone. examples...look at the leaders of most corporations, i.e...President Obama and don't forget the great President Clinton...

  • Phyxius1 Apr 25, 2013

    phyx...i have to say i have a small business and got to work with a few of those students as well as the school of math and science...yes some of those kids did get lucrative offers to schools but socially these kids were way behind kids i work with from other schools. sorry but just my observation on my my kid won't ever go there.
    ProzacDispenser

    Once again your observation is pretty biased. Son was in all AG classes as well as his friends who also outscored most kids in SAT/ACT and college placement boards..They were all highly active in sports and social groups and had many friends..Sorry having him live in Cary wouldn't have helped him out or any or his friends . 75% of his friends also scored lucrative scholarships for academics, tuition cost cuts and other merits and they all graduated from DSA.The others entered ROTC colleges for military careers...Colleges DONT look at what county you lived in BUT where you were at academically and socially.

  • LuvLivingInCary Apr 25, 2013

    phyx...i have to say i have a small business and got to work with a few of those students as well as the school of math and science...yes some of those kids did get lucrative offers to schools but socially these kids were way behind kids i work with from other schools. sorry but just my observation on my my kid won't ever go there.

  • proudmuslimexchristian Apr 25, 2013

    The magazines never release the metric (how they make their decisions) and why these schools are selected is never known... Carrboro... really? olencnative

    Yes, CARRBORO, Really! It never fails that people love bashing Chapel Hill and Carrboro even though they have more PhD's per inch than anyplace in the country, are open minded, liberal, welcoming, and respect immigrants, marriage equality and women's choice. Yes, Carrboro.

  • OleNCNative Apr 25, 2013

    The magazines never release the metric (how they make their decisions) and why these schools are selected is never known... Carrboro... really?

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