Nine Triangle high schools among nation's top 500

Posted June 22, 2011

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— Twenty-one North Carolina high schools, including nine in the Triangle, are ranked among the top 500 in the United States in the latest list released by Newsweek.

The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham is the highest ranked, coming in at No. 66. The other schools ranked are:

No. 126 East Chapel Hill High School

No. 189 Raleigh Charter High School

No. 205 Green Hope High School in Cary

No. 356 Chapel Hill High School

No. 381 Durham School of the Arts

No. 410 Panther Creek High School in Cary

No. 421 Enloe High School in Raleigh

No. 447 Apex High School

The Early College at Guilford in Greensboro was the highest-ranked school from North Carolina, at No. 19.

Newsweek revamped its criteria for ranking this year and based them on schools' graduation rate; the number of students going to college; the number of Advanced Placement tests taken per graduate, the average SAT or ACT scores; the average AP, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate in Education scores, and the number of AP courses offered.


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  • momeeee Jun 23, 2011

    Oh snap - No Broughton!

  • SaveEnergyMan Jun 23, 2011

    These schools have one thing in common - a significant number of parents who see education as important. They pass that along to their kids by being actively engaged in their lives and making sure school comes first.

    Even though most of these schools are in wealthy areas - it's not the wealth, it's the parents who are wealthy because they valued education.

  • AeroEngineer Jun 23, 2011

    The North Carolina School of Science and Math should of been ranked much higher on this list. However, Newsweek's scoring system includes the number of AP/IB tests taken per student (NCSSM has 2.2 while the winners had over 15). This is because NCSSM doesn't offer IB classes and instead offers specialized science classes such as robotics, nuclear physics, organic chemistry, etc. Another sign is that the SAT scores of the 10 schools immediately above NCSSSM are significantly lower.

  • 426X3 Jun 23, 2011

    Despite what our state is doing to education, there are those that will overcome it. There is some hope however slight it may be.