Monday, May 26, 2003

2 area high schools on top 100 list



By William A. Weathers
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Wyoming and Indian Hill high schools are among the top 100 public high schools in the country listed in a Newsweek magazine analysis out today.

Wyoming High is ranked 12th and Indian Hill High 31st on a list compiled by evaluating 2002 results of Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate tests, compared with the number of graduating seniors.

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See the list at msnbc.com
The list accompanies a cover story in the June 2 issue about how the surge in students taking AP tests is changing life inside America's classrooms and altering the rules of the college-admissions game.

Contributing Editor Jay Matthews ranked 737 high schools for his analysis.

Schools that select more than half their students by exams or other academic criteria were not eligible.

Sycamore High School, the only other Tristate school to make the list, is number 338.

"We're pleased to be in that company," Indian Hill Schools Superintendent David Quattrone said Sunday of his high school's ranking.

"We have a very strong record in this particular area," he said, referring to student achievement on advanced placement tests.

The district's curriculum is organized in the early grades to prepare students for the advanced placements tests, Quattrone said.

Wyoming and Indian Hill are two of 13 southwest Ohio school districts that received a top rating - excellent - from the Ohio Department of Education on the 2003 Report Card.

International Academy in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., is No. 1 in the Newsweek ranking, followed by Stanton College Prep and Paxon High School, both in Jacksonville, Fla.

California is the state with the most high schools on the list higher than 150.

E-mail bweathers@enquirer.com




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