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Magazine: 9 Area High Schools Among Nation's Best

Posted July 23, 2007

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— Nine Triangle high schools have been named among the top 1,200 public high schools by Newsweek magazine.

Raleigh Charter High School topped the area schools at No. 20. Enloe High School followed at No. 56, and East Chapel Hill High School came in at No. 105.

Chapel Hill High School was No. 231, Jordan High School was ranked No. 307, followed by Durham School of the Arts at No. 346 and Broughton High School at No. 399. Riverside High School came in at No. 834, and Northern High School was No. 928 on the list.

Public schools are ranked according to a ratio devised by a Washington Post writer. The ratio includes the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Cambridge tests taken by all students at a school in 2006 divided by the number of graduating seniors.

All 1,200 schools on the list are considered to be among the top 5 percent of high schools nationally.

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  • brooksdewire Jul 23, 2007

    I guess WRAL tracks our messages. They corrected the story a few minutes after my last post. Good thing.

  • brooksdewire Jul 23, 2007

    For what it's worth, I emailed WRAL.com this afternoon to point out that they overlooked Chapel Hill high at 231 on the national list (between East Chapel Hill and Jordan). So there are at least 9 (not 8) local schools on Newsweek's list. I'm surprised WRAL has not made a correction.

  • angora Jul 23, 2007

    Against my daughter's wishes, I sent her to Enloe years ago instead of Broughton, our assigned school. Today, at age 26, she still says, "Mom, I can't thank you enough for making me go to Enloe. I hated you for it at the time, but it changed my life. Thank you again." Enloe was a Godsend.

  • lornadoone Jul 23, 2007

    Est Chapel Hill??

    GG Jordan HS! :-) glad to hear my alma mater is up there!

  • fl2nc2ca2md2nc Jul 23, 2007

    Our middle child will be attending Enloe this year and our youngest in three years, so it's great to see that they are ranked as high as they are. I saw another ranking last year in which they placed 58th.

    Of course I'd like to see the entire formula used in the determination. Simply taking tests does not speak to how well the students are actually learning. That said, it is obviously one of the premier schools in the area.

    Congrats to all the Enloe teachers, parents, and students who helped make this happen!

  • Steve Crisp Jul 23, 2007

    And just imagine how good our schools would be if they could rid their hallways of thugs, stoners, and losers.

  • erggggg Jul 23, 2007

    AGAIN, a ratio that would IMPROVE with a high-dropout rate.

  • peacebee Jul 23, 2007

    I can't believe Northern High got on the list...my daughter was there (briefly). I got her out of there as quickly as possible...there were so many thugs, and no respect for teachers. Was a very misguided place. There were students there willing to learn, but had a hard time hearing over the ones who just did not care. Not assigning fault in my comments...I was surprised to see it even on a list of 'best' schools, quite frankly.

  • DLG Jul 23, 2007

    Way to go Enloe!!! from alumni of class of 87

  • jaredg Jul 23, 2007

    "I'm not going to put a lot of stock in story by an un-named Washington Post writer, and the fact that there are more than 1200 schools nation wide means that he/she is just selective"

    did you not read the article. it tells you how the schools were selected.

    "Public schools are ranked according to a ratio devised by a Washington Post writer. The ratio includes the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Cambridge tests taken by all students at a school in 2006 divided by the number of graduating seniors."

    that being said way to go triangle schools.

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