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The Complete List of the 1,000 Top U.S. Schools

Public schools are ranked according to a ratio devised by Jay Mathews: the number of Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate tests taken by all students at a school in 2004 divided by the number of graduating seniors.

1 |  Jefferson County* |  Irondale |  Ala. |  10.755 |  2
2 |  International Academy*|Bloomfield Hills|Mich.|8.422 |0
3 |  Stanton College Prep* | Jacksonville |  Fla. |  7.385 |  7.8
4 |  Eastside*  |  Gainesville |  Fla. |  6.682 |  39
5 |  H-B Woodlawn |  Arlington |  Va. |  5.747 |  14
6 |  Science/Engineering Magnet |Dallas|Texas|5.545|37.8
7 |  Paxon*  |  Jacksonville |  Fla. |  5.373 |  13
8 |  Pensacola* |  Pensacola |  Fla. |  5.362 |  63
9 |  Raleigh Charter |  Raleigh |  N.C. |  5.089 |  0
10 |  Hillsborough* |  Tampa |  Fla. |  5.085 |  50
11 |  Richard Montgomery* | Rockville | Md. |  5.029 | 13
12 |  Highland Park |  Dallas |  Texas |  4.588 |  0
13 |  Coral Reef*   |  Miami |  Fla. |  4.528 |  27.5
14 |  Jericho |  Jericho |  N.Y. |  4.347 |  1.6
15 |  McNair Academic |  Jersey City |  N.J. |  4.342 |  40
16 |  Cold Spring Harbor |Cold Spring Harbor | N.Y. | 4.317 |1
17 |  Wootton |  Rockville |  Md. |  4.307 |  2
18 |  Atlantic Community* |  Delray Beach |  Fla. |  4.291 |  23
19 |  Eastern Sierra Academy| Bridgeport |Calif. | 4.250 | 18
20 |  Dreyfoos School of the Arts|West Palm Beach|Fla.|4.205|5
21 |  Troy* |  Fullerton |  Calif. |  4.165 |  1
22 |  Great Neck South |  Great Neck |  N.Y. |  4.161 |  3.7
23 |  George Mason* |  Falls Church |  Va. |  4.098 |  8
24 |  Interlake*  |  Bellevue |  Wash. |  4.018 |  31
25 |  Harding University*  |  Charlotte |  N.C. |  4.017 |  38.3
26 |  Edgemont |  Scarsdale |  N.Y. |  4.015 |  0
27 |  Wilson Magnet* |  Rochester |  N.Y. |  3.895 |  63
28 |  Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies |  Los Angeles |  Calif. |  3.892 |  37
29 |  Bethesda-Chevy Chase* |  Bethesda |  Md. |  3.874 |  10
30 |  Manhasset |  Manhasset |  N.Y. |  3.853 |  4
31 |  Lincoln Park* |  Chicago |  Ill. |  3.811 |  51.3
32 |  Newport |  Bellevue |  Wash. |  3.809 |  6
33 |  Design & Architecture |  Miami |  Fla. |  3.804 |  41.6
34 |  W.T. Woodson |  Fairfax |  Va. |  3.748 |  6
35 |  St. Petersburg*  |  St. Petersburg |  Fla. |  3.742 |  22
36 |  King* |  Tampa |  Fla. |  3.715 |  40
37 |  Myers Park*  |  Charlotte |  N.C. |  3.686 |  17.9
38 |  East Chapel Hill |  Chapel Hill |  N.C. |  3.622 |  12
39 |  Pittsford Mendon |  Pittsford |  N.Y. |  3.584 |  1.8
40 |  Science Academy of South Texas  |  Mercedes |  Texas |  3.570 |  42
41 |  Bellevue |  Bellevue |  Wash. |  3.551 |  6
42 |  Greeley |  Chappaqua |  N.Y. |  3.519 |  0.2
43 |  Great Neck North |  Great Neck |  N.Y. |  3.518 |  4
44 |  Washington-Lee* |  Arlington |  Va. |  3.491 |  32
45 |  South Side* |  Rockville Centre |  N.Y. |  3.469 |  10
46 |  Banneker* |  Washington |  D.C. |  3.432 |  27
47 |  Brighton |  Rochester |  N.Y. |  3.422 |  7
48 |  Metro Academic & Classical* | St. Louis | Mo. |3.362 | 18
49 |  Dobbs Ferry* |  Dobbs Ferry |  N.Y. |  3.357 |  7.5
50 |  Langley |  McLean |  Va. |  3.334 |  1
51 |  Yorktown |  Arlington |  Va. |  3.286 |  16
52 |  Enloe* |  Raleigh |  N.C. |  3.269 |  18
53 |  Miami Palmetto |  Miami |  Fla. |  3.259 |  14
54 |  Spruce Creek*  |  Port Orange |  Fla. |  3.247 |  10.4
55 |  Wyoming |  Wyoming |  Ohio |  3.244 |  3
56 |  North Mecklenburg* |  Huntersville |  N.C. |  3.241 |  13.6
57 |  Monta Vista |  Cupertino |  Calif. |  3.236 |  2
58 |  Booker T. Washington* |  Tulsa   |  Okla. |  3.220 |  22
59 |  Mills University Studies |  Little Rock |  Ark. |  3.216 |  50
60 |  Oxnard |  Oxnard |  Calif. |  3.211 |  45
61 |  Alabama School of Fine Arts | Birmingham |Ala. |3.186 | 6
62 |  Warwick*  |  Newport News |  Va. |  3.170 |  29.6
63 |  Ft. Myers* |  Fort Myers |  Fla. |  3.152 |  20.3
64 |  Vandermeulen |  Port Jefferson |  N.Y. |  3.123 |  1.9
65 |  Indian Hill |  Cincinnati |  Ohio |  3.122 |  1.8
66 |  Marine & Science Tech |  Miami |  Fla. |  3.113 |  27
67 |  Grimsley*  |  Greensboro |  N.C. |  3.106 |  23
68 |  University Park Campus|Worcester|Mass.|3.080 | 76
69 |  Plant |  Tampa |  Fla. |  3.066 |  20
70 |  Gunn  |  Palo Alto |  Calif. |  3.052 |  3.2
71 |  Churchill |  Potomac |  Md. |  3.048 |  2
72 |  Westlake |  Austin |  Texas |  3.035 |  1.8
73 |  Miller Place  |  Miller Place  |  N.Y. |  3.032 |  1
74 |  Chapel Hill  |  Chapel Hill |  N.C. |  2.983 |  9
75 |  Sumner Academy*  |  Kansas City |  Kan. |  2.981 |  42.9
76 |  Westwood* |  Austin |  Texas |  2.978 |  6.5
77 |  W. T. White |  Dallas |  Texas |  2.971 |  47
78 |  Pittsford Sutherland |  Pittsford |  N.Y. |  2.967 |  1.4
79 |  Lake Brantley  |  Altamonte Springs |  Fla. |  2.957 |  21
80 |  Walter Johnson |  Bethesda |  Md. |  2.951 |  4
81 |  Classen School of Advanced Studies* |  Oklahoma City |  Okla. |  2.945 |  28
82 |  Torrey Pines |  San Diego  |  Calif. |  2.929 |  1
83 |  Palm Harbor University* |  Palm Harbor |  Fla. |  2.908 |  7
84 |  Robinson* |  Fairfax |  Va. |  2.904 |  8
85 |  Wheatley |  Old Westbury |  N.Y. |  2.887 |  1.4
86 |  Stevenson |  Lincolnshire |  Ill. |  2.884 |  1
87 |  Clarke County* |  Berryville |  Va. |  2.877 |  12
88 |  Butler |  Matthews |  N.C. |  2.874 |  14.1
89 |  Cocoa Beach*  |  Cocoa Beach |  Fla. |  2.870 |  9.4
90 |  High Technology |  Lincroft |  N.J. |  2.855 |  2.3
91 |  Ridge |  Basking Ridge |  N.J. |  2.855 |  1
92 |  Washington* |  Denver |  Colo. |  2.852 |  35
93 |  Cresskill |  Cresskill |  N.J. |  2.850 |  2
94 |  Chantilly |  Chantilly |  Va. |  2.846 |  11
95 |  Chagrin Falls  |  Chagrin Falls |  Ohio |  2.829 |  1
96 |  Briarcliff |  Briarcliff Manor |  N.Y. |  2.829 |  1
97 |  Rye Neck |  Mamaroneck |  N.Y. |  2.829 |  6
98 |  Bronxville |  Bronxville |  N.Y. |  2.813 |  0
99 |  Pikesville  |  Baltimore |  Md. |  2.812 |  11
100 |  Grapevine |  Grapevine |  Texas |  2.788 |  7.7

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* Gave IB tests. AP and IB participation rates are indicators of a school’s efforts to get students to excel and prepare for college. Newsweek excluded schools with strict academic admissions criteria that prohibit motivated, average students from attending.

**Percent of student body that is eligible for free and reduced lunches, an indicator of socio-economic status. A number of 40 percent generally signifies a high concentration of children in poverty.

Indices are rounded off. Ties occur when numbers are identical to the seventh place after the decimal point.

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5/8/05: Guests: Jay Mathews, Washington Post Education Reporter; author of, “What’s Wrong (and Right) With America’s Best Public High Schools"; and Sharon Alford, Junior at Jefferson County International Baccalaureate School, Birmingham, Alabama.

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