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The Public Elites

High School Today I: Goals & Excellence

Guests: Barbara Kantrowitz, NEWSWEEK Senior Editor; and Mike Satarino, Principal, Talented and Gifted Magnet School of Dallas, ranked #1 by NEWSWEEK

High School Today II: Inside The List Controversy

Guests: Jay Mathews, Washington Post Education Reporter and author of  “Class Struggle: What’s Wrong (and Right) with America’s Best Public High Schools”; and Sara Mead, Chief Policy Analyst, the Education Sector

  2006 EDITION

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May 8, 2006 issue - NEWSWEEK excluded these high performers from the list of Best High Schools because so many of their students score well above average on the SAT and ACT.

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Benjamin Franklin Senior H.S., NEW ORLEANS:
A rigorous high school with competitive admission.

Bergen County Academies, HACKENSACK, N.J.:
Seven subschools specializing in everything from finance to visual arts.

Bronx Science H.S. NEW YORK, NY:
Notable alumni include: William Safire, E.L. Doctorow and Jon Favreau

Gretchen Whitney H.S.,
A comprehensive school for high performers.

High Technology H.S., LINCROFT, N.J.:
A pre-engineering academy with topnotch humanities.

Hunter College H.S., NEW YORK, N.Y.:
Part of the City University of New York system.

Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, AURORA, ILL.:
A residential school near Chicago that enrolls 10th through 12th graders.

Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts, NATCHITOCHES, LA.:
A residential high school with competitive admissions.

Maggie L. Walker Governor's School for Govt. and Intl. Studies, RICHMOND, VA.:
Students selected on aptitude and interest in political science.

North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, DURHAM, N.C.:
Students selected from all counties, which mixes rural and urban kids.

Northside College Preparatory H.S., CHICAGO, ILL.:
Students picked by grades and test scores.

Northwood H.S., IRVINE, CALIF.:
A humanities core program that focuses on English and history.

Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics, OKLAHOMA CITY:
Rigorous two-year boarding school that takes many rural kids.

Pacific Collegiate School, SANTA CRUZ, CALIF.:
Emphasizes college prep and fine arts.

Pine View School for the Gifted, OSPREY, FLA.:
Sarasota County's main school for gifted kids.

South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics, HARTSVILLE, S.C.:
Very rigorous school where students do independent research.

Stuyvesant H.S., NEW YORK, N.Y.:
Takes students from all over the city; specializes in science.

Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science, DENTON, TEXAS:
This highly selective two-year school offers a real college curriculum.

Thomas Jefferson H.S. for Science and Technology, ALEXANDRIA, VA.:
Draws high-performing students from northern Virginia.

Union County Magnet H.S., SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J.:
Focus is on science, math and technology.

Univ. H.S., TUCSON, ARIZ.:
A small, autonomous school located within Rincon High School.

Univ. Laboratory H.S., URBANA, ILL.:
A five-year high school partnered with the University of Illinois.

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