Four Durham high schools named to Newsweek top 1,600 list

Posted June 14, 2010
Updated June 15, 2010

— Four Durham high schools have placed among Newsweek's top 1,600, the magazine announced Monday.

Durham School of the Arts, Jordan, Riverside and Northern high schools made this year’s list.

The schools are considered to be in the top 6 percent of U.S. high schools based on the ranking's measurements which look at advanced placement, international baccalaureate and/or Cambridge tests.

The magazine's complete list can be found on Newsweek's website.



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  • HappyGirl08 Jun 17, 2010

    Well, since the article says Four Durham High Schools, I'm guessing that's why no mention of schools in Raleigh and Chapel Hill. And, on another note, Go Knights! :-)

  • anneonymousone Jun 16, 2010

    The web site claims "Each year, NEWSWEEK picks the best high schools in the country based on how hard school staffs work to challenge students with advanced-placement college-level courses and tests." But that's not entirely accurate.

    A. My undertanding is that this is all self-reported.

    B. There are challenges that face many scools that are not factored into this survey. Small schools, for example, may work hard to offer academic challenges to their students, but are they able to have an AP Statistics class for one student and an AP English IV for two?

    C. Offering college-level courses is not the only way to challenge students. Breadth, as well as depth, needs to be taken into account.

    I teach at one of the top 500 schools, according to this survey, and I'm proud of my colleagues and students, but this is not the only or best measure of academic success.

  • camato Jun 15, 2010

    Why no mention of the other area high schools that made the list? I saw several other schools from Chapel Hill and Greensboro listed ahead of Durham School of the Arts. Raleigh Charter and Enloe were both ranked higher!

  • mpheels Jun 15, 2010

    What? No love for Wakefield, Broughton, Enloe, Green Hope or Raleigh Charter? How about Chapel Hill, East Chapel Hill, and Woods Charter? There are 51 NC high schools on the list...