Attention to academic excellence and rigor from area students was rewarded recently as 13 Chester County high schools were named to Newsweek magazine’s list of the top 2,000 high schools in America. Newsweek publishes a review of its annual listing for the top 2,000 high schools in the nation based on the latest data from 2012. In order, the county’s ranked high schools are: Conestoga at No. 124, Unionville at No. 239, Great Valley at No. 359, Downingtown East at No. 604, Downingtown West at No. 696, West Chester Henderson at No. 807, Phoenixville Area at No. 839, West Chester Bayard Rustin at No. 932, West Chester East at No. 1,036, Renaissance Academy Charter School at No. 1,055, Avon Grove at No. 1,394, Kennett at No. 1,525 and Octorara at No. 1,685. Criteria used by the publication assigns 25 percent of the ranking to the school’s graduation rate, 25 percent to college acceptance rate, 25 percent to AP/IB/AICE tests per student, 10 percent for average SAT/ACT scores, 10 percent for average AP/IB scores, and 5 percent based on the percentage of students enrolled in at least one AP/IB course during the school year.
Source: Daily Times; 5/13/2013