Four Triangle schools make Newsweek list of 100 top high schools

From staff reportsMay 22, 2012 

Four schools in the Triangle have made the top 100 of Newsweek magazine’s “America’s Best High Schools 2012” list.

The N.C. School of Science and Mathematics, a boarding school in Durham serving some of the best students from across the state, was ranked 29th on the list of public high schools posted online this week. Raleigh Charter High School was ranked 34th, followed by Woods Charter School in Chatham County at 73rd and East Chapel Hill High School at 88th.

Other schools in the Triangle making the top 1,000 list are Chapel Hill High at 376, Green Hope High in Cary at 390, Carrboro High at 671, Panther Creek High in Cary at 709, Enloe High in Raleigh at 715, Broughton High in Raleigh at 977 and Apex High at 980.

Newsweek compiled the list by evaluating graduation rates, the rate at which students go to college, the number of Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate tests taken per student and the scores for those exams, average SAT and ACT scores, and Advanced Placement courses offered per student.

Go to to view the list.

Newsweek’s high school rankings are significantly different from a competing list released earlier this month by U.S. News & World Report. In the U.S. News list, a high school’s low-income and minority students had to be doing well on state exams before the newsmagazine also looked at how well the campus was doing overall on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams..

No North Carolina school ranked in the top 600 in the U.S. News list. The highest Triangle school on that list was Broughton High, which was third in the state and 966 in the nation.

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