Newsweek ranks Weston #2 high school in the state

Weston High School was ranked the second best school in the state and 163rd in the country, according to a survey by Newsweek Magazine.

The magazine released a listing on May 20 of its choices of the top 1,000 public high schools in the nation, believed to be the most effective in turning out college-ready grads.

Weston Superintendent Colleen Palmer said she was very pleased Weston ranked so high on Newsweek’s survey. “This serves as one additional data source for us to review our progress in terms of preparing our students for success in college and beyond,” she said.

To compile the list, Newsweek collected data directly from public high school principals, superintendents and other administrators. Of the 15,000 administrators that were contacted, only 2,300 responded.

Participating schools were required to fill out a survey asking for specifics in six categories from the 2010-11 academic year:

• Graduation rate, students that finished on time after four years. (25%)

• College matriculation rate, students accepted into a two-year or four-year college. (25%)

• The number of college level AP/IB/AICE tests taken per student. (25%)

• Average AP/IB/AICE scores. (10%)

• Average SAT/ACT scores. (10%)

• Advance Placement (AP) courses offered per student. (5%)

Weston’s stats

During the 2010-11 school year, Weston had a 100% graduation rate, a 98% matriculation rate, 0.6 AP/IB tests taken per student, an average 3.7 AP score, 1,767 average SAT score, and a 26 average ACT score. Newsweek gave Weston a total composite score of 0.82.

The top 10 high schools in Connecticut were Connecticut IB Academy in East Hartford, Weston, Staples in Westport, Farmington, Ridgefield, Darien, Avon, Glastonbury, Bolton, and Daniel Hand in Madison.

The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Bowling Green, Ky., was ranked the number one school in the country. Newsweek gave it a composite score of 4.51.

Almost a third of the 1,000 schools on Newsweek’s list are in the Northeast, with 153 in the New York City metropolitan area. California had the most schools on the list with 140. The South had seven of the top 10 schools on the list, including number one Gatton Academy.

Making the grade

In Connecticut, there were 25 schools on Newsweek’s Top 1,000 list. The magazine did not disclose how many Connecticut schools responded to the survey.

• Connecticut IB Academy in East Hartford, (No. 130)

• Weston High School, (No. 163)

• Staples High School of Westport (No. 234)

• Farmington High School (No. 272)

• Ridgefield High School (No. 319)

• Darien High School (No. 328)

• Avon High School (No. 392)

• Glastonbury High School (No. 445)

• Bolton High School (No. 492)

• Daniel Hand in Madison (No. 523)

• Greenwich High School (No. 561)

• Conard High School in West Hartford (No. 570)

• Fairfield Ludlowe in Fairfield (No. 612)

• Amity Regional High School in Woodbridge (No. 641)

• Lyme-Old Lyme High School (No. 658)

• Hall High School in West Hartford (No. 682)

• New Fairfield High School (No. 708)

• Valley Regional High School in Deep River (No. 741)

• Suffield High School (No. 758)

• Joel Barlow High School, Easton/Redding (No. 778)

• Fairfield Warde High School in Fairfield (No. 802)

• Pomperaug High School in Southbury (No. 812)

• Canton High School (No. 834)

• South Windsor High School (No. 848)

• Brookfield High School (No. 936)

In a similar study released last month by U.S. News and World Report, Weston was ranked the fourth best high school in the state and 270th nationally.

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