Newsweek Ranks CB Schools Among Nation's Best

All three Central Bucks high schools made the list of the country's top 1,000 schools.


All three high schools in the Central Bucks School District ranked among the nation's best according to Newsweek.

Central Bucks East, West and South were among the top 1,000 high schools in the country, according to the magazine's 2012 ranking of America's Best High Schools.

Of the three, East came out on top, at 381; West followed at 548; South came next at 740.

Other Bucks County schools that made the list include New Hope-Solebury at 421, Council Rock North at 529, and Council Rock South at 594.

Newsweek said it factored in six criteria to reach the rankings.

"Three of those—the four-year graduation rate, college-acceptance rate, and number of AP and other high-level exams given per student—make up 75 percent of the overall score," it said in explaining the methodology.

"Average SAT/ACT and AP/college-level test scores count for another 10 percent each, and the number of AP courses offered per student is weighted as the final 5 percent. Because most of this data isn’t centrally available, we collected it from high-school administrators directly—about 15,000 of them—and received 2,300 responses."

To explore the list and see what the top ranked schools in the nation have in common, read more on The Daily Beast.

Mary191 May 24, 2012 at 12:46 PM
We are so lucky to live in a community with such excellent schools. Great work School Board members, administrators, teachers, and families. Keep up the good work and become even better!
Jeff Lugar May 24, 2012 at 01:55 PM
For what we pay the teachers, they'd better all be be on that list.
Nancy Letizi May 24, 2012 at 04:57 PM
I'd like to see Newsweek magazine's 2012 ranking of America's Best High Schools delve a little further. How about including criteria such as, the number of students that stay in college after the first year, the percentage of students using illegal drugs, the number of students that have probation officers and that are on house arrest and how many times a day police and probation officers visit our high schools on official business. This is just to name a few. Open your eyes Central Bucks parents and staff, our children are in serious trouble. Get the number from these criteria and see if our schools still shine as bright. ~A very concerned parent.


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