Nine Triangle high schools among nation's top 500

Posted June 22, 2011 1:45 p.m. EDT
Updated June 22, 2011 1:58 p.m. EDT

— 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.