BRONXVILLE, NY — U.S. News and World Report has crunched the numbers for 2017, releasing its annual list of best high schools in the country. Schools are ranked on a national and a state level. New York was No. 12 in the country, with 16.5 percent of its 1,252 eligible schools receiving gold or silver medals. Bronxville High School made the state-wide list at No. 16; Eastchester School High School, No. 53; Tuckahoe High School, No. 96.
Twelve Hudson Valley schools received gold medals and were ranked in the top 500 schools in the country.
Nationally, the top-ranked New York high school was the High School of American Studies at Lehman College, coming in at No. 17.
The identify the top-performing public schools at both the national and the state level and include data on more than 20,000 high schools. To be considered among the best, high schools had to pass a rigorous four-step process that sought to determine whether a school was serving all of its students and not just those who are college bound.
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The first step determined whether students at a particular school were performing better than statistically expected for students in that state, factoring in percentages of economically disadvantaged students to identify schools. Schools that passed this step then moved on to step two, which assessed whether disadvantaged students performed at or better than state averages for the least-advantaged students.
For the next two steps, U.S. News looked at graduation rates and college readiness performance. To pass step three, high schools had to have a graduation rate of 75 percent or greater. For the 2017 rankings, the graduation rate reflect students who entered the ninth grade in the 2011-2012 school year. Finally, U.S. News calculated a college readiness index, which was the number of 12th graders who took and passed at least one AP test, divided by the number of 12th graders at that school.
To be ranked numerically nationally, schools had to pass steps 1-3 and have a college readiness index of 20.91 or above.
A total of 6,041 schools were ranked, 500 schools receiving gold medals, 2,109 schools receiving silver medals and the remaining 3,432 schools received bronze medals. Schools that received bronze medals passed the first three steps but were not ranked numerically in the national rankings.
The magazine awarded gold medals to Rye High School, ranked No. 90 on the national list; Bronxville High School, ranked No. 107 nationally; Blind Brook, ranked No. 119; Briarcliff, No. 188; Croton Harmon, ranked No. 192 nationally; Pleasantville, ranked No. 221; Rye Neck, nationally ranked No. 359; Irvington, ranked No. 377; Pelham Memorial, No. 388; Fox Lane, ranked No. 402 nationally; Eastchester, No. 471; Ardsley, ranked No. 494 nationally.
The state rankings were based on whether a high school received a gold, silver or a bronze medal and had a CRI value of 10 or higher. Previously, only gold and silver medal winners were ranked numerically on the state level.
New York had 1,252 eligible schools. Here are the Hudson Valley schools in the New York Top 200, with their state ranking:
- 15 Rye High School
- 16 Bronxville High School
- 17 Blind Brook High School
- 27 Hastings High School
- 28 Briarcliff High School
- 29 Croton-Harmon High School
- 34 Byram Hills High School
- 35 Pleasantville High School
- 38 Mamaroneck High School
- 43 Rye Neck Senior High School
- 45 Irvington High School
- 47 Pelham Memorial High School
- 49 Fox Lane High School
- 53 Eastchester Senior High School
- 54 Ardsley High School
- 57 Sleepy Hollow High School
- 64 Harrison High School
- 66 Tappan Zee High School
- 68 Yorktown High School
- 73 Spackenkill High School
- 76 Pearl River High School
- 96 Tuckahoe High School
- 97 Red Hook High School
- 103 Walter Panas High School
- 108 Rhinebeck Senior High School
- 110 Somers Senior High School
- 111 Suffern Senior High School
- 115 Scarsdale Senior High School
- 116 Clarkstown South Senior High School
- 117 Clarkstown North Senior High School
- 134 Arlington High School
- 136 Dobbs Ferry High School
- 161 Port Chester Senior High School
- 165 John Jay Senior High School
- 168 Valhalla High School
- 171 Pine Bush Senior High School
- 172 Onteora High School
- 186 Lincoln High School
The top high schools in New York, according to U.S. News and World Report, are in New York City:
- High School of American Studies at Lehman College NY New York City Public Schools
- Manhattan Bridges High School NY New York City Public Schools
- High School Math Science and Engineering at CCNY NY New York City Public Schools
- KIPP Academy Charter School NY New York City Public Schools
- Staten Island Technical High School NY New York City Public Schools
- High School for Dual Language and Asian Studies NY New York City Public Schools
- Townsend Harris High School NY New York City Public Schools
- Queens High School for the Sciences at York College NY New York City Public Schools
- Bronx High School of Science NY New York City Public Schools
- New Explorations Into Science, Tech and Math High School NY New York City Public Schools
The top high schools in the country are:
- BASIS Scottsdale, Scottsdale, Arizona
- BASIS Tucson North, Tucson, Arizona
- BASIS Oro Valley, Oro Valley, Arizona
- School for the Talented and Gifted, Dallas, Texas
- BASIS Peoria, Peoria, Arizona
- Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria, Virginia
- Basis Chandler, Chandler, Arizona
- Carnegie Vanguard High School, Houston, Texas
- School of Science and Engineering, Dallas, Texas
- Pacific Collegiate Charter, Santa Cruz, California
Where does your school rank?
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