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2 Raleigh high schools named to Newsweek Top 100

Posted May 19, 2008

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— Two Raleigh high schools are at the top of the class, according to a Newsweek survey.

Raleigh Charter was ranked the 27th-best public high school in the country; Enloe came in at number 72.

The schools were ranked by dividing the number of advanced tests – such as Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate – administered at the school by the number of graduating seniors.

Two Greensboro high schools and one in Charlotte also were ranked in the Top 100.

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  • wolfpackfan15 May 23, 2008

    that's pretty cool! 2 raleigh in the top 100 in the country, is a pretty big deal! how often does happen? not too often!

  • Tax Man May 23, 2008

    NC needs to remove the cap on charter schools and reward them when they achieve excellence like Raleigh Charter! We need real competition in education - let the schools that excel win the students - give parents vouchers and let them decide, then you won't have a dictatorial school board as in Wake County. The good schools will excel, the poor schools will die! The good administrators and teachers will excel, the poor ones will change occupations! The kids will win! Vouchers for all students in NC and no cap on charter schools!

  • TechRescue May 20, 2008

    By the way, WRAL... If this was Leesville or Broughton, it would still be a front-page link - did it make the News page at all?. I hope the WC and NC keep-the-status-quo herd appreciates your efforts...

  • TechRescue May 20, 2008

    And closer than that to the State personnel that are supposed to be "experts" in education...

  • TechRescue May 20, 2008

    Raleigh Charter is a stellar school with a dedicated and involved staff. If you have a kid in 7th grade that could use more challenges in High School, think about going to their open house and meeting the students that attend and host the tours; it is eye-opening. Yes, I know you're only going to see their best there - but there are so many polite and confident kids around that it's obvious they are doing something right.

    Students who meet the requirements to attend can participate in the lottery that is used to fill the available slots. The odds are long, but it's definitely worth a shot.

    Yes, there are Charter Schools with issues, and those seem to capture the headlines. However, a short visit to Raleigh Charter leaves you wondering why the people who manage our public schools can't (won't?) recognize an approach that is motivating young people and producing serious results - even when it's only four miles South of the Wake County School Board...

  • maggle May 20, 2008

    Actually, a student doesn't need to take the requisite AP course to take the exam (although the cost of the exam is prohibitive to it being ordered for unprepared students either way). This is somewhat telling of the opportunities that schools are giving students - but I'd be more interested in a ranking involving the actual scores, too.

  • penny for your thoughts May 20, 2008

    It didn't say the scores on those tests. I wonder about the average score for each one compared to average scores across the country (forgetting about number of tests per pupil). I think that, or some combination of the two, would be a better indicator of the quality of the score.

  • uncbabie May 20, 2008

    Poor Jordan High School (in Durham) was 52 years ago from the same publication. Then they had to go and put the great principal down town. It hasn't been the same since.

  • fletchermse May 20, 2008

    To expand, all this shows is the number of AP tests per student. If students are taking 3 or 4 AP tests, you can easily reason that they've been at least taking the classes (and have passed all the lower levels), which is more than you can say for a school with 0 AP tests / student.

  • fletchermse May 20, 2008

    Note that it was the number of AP tests, which suggests that a higher number of students were eligible for it, meaning they take more advanced classes. This isn't just throwing tons of tests at them to make the rank higher.

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