15 high schools in metro-area ranked best in U.S.

Posted at 12:48 PM, May 07, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-09 07:39:54-04

RICHMOND, Va (WTVR) — Six Henrico, five Chesterfield and three Richmond high schools, along with one in Hanover, were named among the top 2,000 high schools in the nation by Newsweek and The Daily Beast.

Deep Run, Godwin, Freeman, Tucker, Hermitage and Henrico High Schools were among the honored.

Monacan, Midlothian, James River, Clover Hill, and Cosby High Schools in Chesterfield also placed in the top 2000.

For Richmond, Maggie L. Walker Governor's School for Government and International Studies, Open High School, and Richmond Community High School made the list.

Atlee High School in Hanover also made the list.

With six schools on the “2013 America’s Best High Schools” list, Henrico was second only to Virginia Beach in terms of Virginia schools on the list. Ten Virginia Beach schools made the list.

“We’re so proud of the students, teachers and staff at these remarkable schools,” said Superintendent Pat Russo in a press release.

“These rankings prove once again that Henrico County offers a premier education that prepares our students for 21st century success,” stated Beverly Cocke, chair of the Henrico County School Board in a press release.

According to the Newsweek website, this year’s list highlights the best 2,000 public high schools in the nation, meaning those that have proven to be the most effective in turning out college-ready grads.

The list is based on six components:

  • graduation rate (25 percent),
  • college acceptance rate (25 percent)
  • AP/IB/AICE tests taken per student (25 percent)
  • average SAT/ACT scores (10 percent)
  • average AP/IB/AICE scores (10 percent)
  • percent of students enrolled in at least one AP/IB/AICE course (5 percent).

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