U.S. News and World Report has released its 2018 List of the Best High Schools in Pennsylvania, and Downingtown STEM Academy has supplanted Philadelphia’s Julia R. Masterman for the top spot.
U.S. News and World Report ranked the Top 162 high schools in the Keystone State. It provided data on the other 515 high schools but could not assign them a ranking, because they did not meet one or more of the four criteria needed.
The criteria can be described as such:
- whether each school’s relative performance in its state reading and mathematics assessments exceeded expectations, factoring in the proportion of its student body that is economically disadvantaged and projected to score lower
- a comparison of each school’s reading and mathematics assessment scores among only their historically underserved students – black, Hispanic, and low-income – with the average statewide results for these subgroups
- exclusion of schools from consideration if their graduation rates were lower than 80 percent
- calculation of a College Readiness Index based on the percentages of each school’s students who took and passed AP and IB exams
The Downingtown STEM Academy ranked 34th nationwide.
The other Chester County high schools ranked among the best in Pennsylvania by U.S. News and World Report include:
- 4. Conestoga
- 8. Unionville
- 14. Great Valley
- 29. Henderson
- 40. Kennett
- 52. West Chester East
- 53. Avon Grove
- 64. Owen J. Roberts
- 75. Rustin
- 147. Oxford
Conestoga, Unionville, and Great Valley checked in at Nos. 378, 602, and 760, respectively, in the national rankings.
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