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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.
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., CERRITOS, CALIF.:
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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