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Washington Post ranks Raleigh Charter top NC high school

Members of Raleigh Charter High School's winning “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution” team make the school's signature Phoenix hand signal.
Members of Raleigh Charter High School's winning “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution” team make the school's signature Phoenix hand signal.

Twenty-seven Triangle schools made The Washington Post’s 2016 list of “America’s Most Challenging High Schools.”

The top school in North Carolina was Raleigh Charter High School, which ranked No. 125 on the list of nearly 2,300 public and private high schools. Six other Triangle high schools were ranked within the top 500 nationally.

The Washington Post, which released the list Sunday, looked at approximately 22,000 high schools around the country, ranking them based on the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given divided by the number of graduates.

Some schools such as the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics, a public boarding school in Durham that takes students from around the state, were excluded from the list because they’re considered too elite.

Other Triangle schools that finished in the top 500 are:

▪ East Chapel Hill High School was No. 5 in the state and No. 236 nationally.

▪ Woods Charter School in Chatham County was No. 6 in the state and No. 269 nationally.

▪ Enloe High School in Raleigh was No. 7 in the state and No. 280 nationally.

▪ Chapel Hill High School was No. 12 in the state and No. 394 nationally.

▪ Green Hope High School in Cary was No. 13 in the state and No. 427 nationally.

▪ Carrboro High School was No. 14 in the state and No. 442 nationally.

For the complete list, go to http://wapo.st/23Tcl9l.

T. Keung Hui: 919-829-4534, @nckhui

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