Oklahoma High Schools Among Nation’s Best


Several Oklahoma high schools have been named among the best schools in the nation.

U.S. News and World Reports recently released its list of best high schools. Topping the list in Oklahoma is Harding Charter Preparatory High School in Oklahoma City, ranked No. 145 in the nation. Newsweek also ranked Harding the 9th Best Transformative High School in the Nation.

Eight Oklahoma Schools made Newsweek’s list of America’s 1,000 Best High Schools. Two Oklahoma schools are in the top 100: Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics is No. 35, and Classen School of Advanced Studies is No. 39. Harding is No. 119 on the list.

“I’m proud of each of the schools that made these national lists,” said State Superintendent Janet Barresi. “This shows these high schools are working diligently to prepare each student for college, career and citizenship and for the demands of life in the 21st Century. These schools set the bar for others to follow.”

Classen School of Advanced Studies in Oklahoma City was second on the list of state schools ranked by U.S. News and World Reports. The remainder of schools on the state's Top 10 List are: 3. Edmond North High School
 4. Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa
 5. Edmond Memorial High School
 6. Norman High School
7. Dove Science Academy 
8. Deer Creek High School
 9. Norman North High School
 10. Edmond Santa Fe High School.

U.S. News evaluated nearly 22,000 public high schools in 49 states and the District of Columbia. Schools were awarded gold, silver, or bronze medals based on state proficiency standards, how well they prepare students for college, and other factors.
Other schools on Newsweek’s Top 1,000 list are: Booker T. Washington High School, No. 124; Dove Science Academy, Tulsa, No. 615; Edmond Memorial High School, No. 696; Norman High School, No. 786; Norman North High School, No. 878.

The schools are noted as “the ones that have proven to be the most effective in turning out college-ready grads.” The list is based on six components provided by school administrators: graduation rate (25 percent), college matriculation 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), and AP courses offered  per student(5 percent).

See how U.S. News ranked other Oklahoma schools:
http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/oklahoma/rankings

See U.S. News’ national report:
http://www.usnews.com/education/high-schools/articles/2012/05/08/us-news-ranks-nations-best-high-schools

See Newsweek’s Top 25 Transformative High Schools in the Nation: http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/galleries/2012/05/20/top-25-transformative-high-schools-photos.html#slide5

See Newsweek’s list of America’s 1,000 Best High Schools: http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2012/05/20/america-s-best-high-schools.html

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Last updated on May 23, 2012