Triangle schools make Newsweek’s top high schools list

khui@newsobserver.comMay 6, 2013 

Two Triangle schools ranked in the top 100 in Newsweek’s 2013 “America’s Best High Schools” list released Monday.

The N.C. School of Science and Mathematics, a statewide public boarding school in Durham, was the second-highest ranked school in North Carolina, coming in 23rd on the national list compiled by Newsweek and the Daily Beast. Raleigh Charter High School was ranked 40th on the list of more than 2,000 public high schools across the nation.

Other Triangle schools in the top 1,000 include East Chapel Hill High School at 133, Woods Charter School in Chatham County at 223, Chapel Hill High School at 542 and Durham School of the Arts at 643.

Newsweek compiled the list by evaluating graduation rates, the rate at which students go to college and average SAT and ACT scores. The newsmagazine also looked at the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advance International Certificate of Education tests taken per student, the scores for those exams and the percentage of students taking those courses.

Go to to view the complete list.

Newsweek’s high school rankings are different from competing lists released last month by U.S. News & World Report and the Washington Post.

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. Durham School of the Arts was the top school on the state in that list at 176.

Go to to view the U.S. News list.

The Washington Post used a similar methodology as Newsweek but excluded some schools such as the N.C. School of Science and Math because they were considered “elite,” defined as having too high a concentration of top-performing students. Raleigh Charter was the top area school on that list, ranked 84th as of Monday.

Go to to view the Washington Post list.

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