Friday, November 30

Top NYC schools among top schools nationally

In keeping with its promise to produce more of the "Best of ..." lists that make newsstand customers open their wallets, US News has just come out with its first-ever list of best high schools in the country. New York City has six schools in the top 100. All of them -- Stuyvesant (No. 15), Bronx Science (20), Staten Island Tech (22), Brooklyn Tech (39), Townsend Harris (45), and NEST (74) -- are highly selective.

Schools were evaluated on how well their students do on state tests, how well "disadvantaged" kids did, and how kids fared on AP tests. So it's no surprise that the most selective schools come out on top, and that good schools that don't offer AP classes, such as Bard, didn't make the list.

Thirty-eight more NYC schools made the cut for the silver and bronze categories. I didn't check every school, but scanning the list I saw at least a handful of schools that got C's on their progress reports. The more lists and grades we have, the less each one will mean.

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