Different methodologies are yielding different results on competing lists of the nation's top public high schools.
Four schools in the Triangle made the top 100 of Newsweek magazine’s “America’s Best High Schools 2012” list that was released this week. A total of 11 Triangle schools made the 1,000 school list.
In contrast, only three schools in the entire state were in the top 1,000 in the U.S. News & World Report list released this month. Broughton High School in Raleigh was the only Triangle school in the top 1,000 on that list at 966.
Newsweek compiled the list by evaluating graduation rates, the rate at which students go to college, the number of Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate tests take per student and the scores for those exams, average SAT and ACT scores and Advanced Placement courses offered per student.
U.S. News required a high school’s low-income and minority students to be doing well on state exams before the newsmagazine also looked at how well the campus was doing overall on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams.
Back to the Newsweek list where the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics, a boarding school in Durham serving some of the best students from across the state, was ranked 29th. Raleigh Charter High School was ranked 34th, followed by Woods Charter School in Chatham County at 73rd and East Chapel Hill High School at 88th.
Other schools in the Triangle making the top 1,000 list are Chapel Hill High at 376, Green Hope High in Cary at 390, Carrboro High at 671, Panther Creek High in Cary at 709, Enloe High in Raleigh at 715, Broughton High in Raleigh at 977 and Apex High at 980.