Raleigh Charter High and four schools in the Wake County school system have made U.S. News & World Report's 2010 list of best public high schools.
Raleigh Charter came in 24th on the list that was released online at midnight. It's the second year in a row that the school has made the U.S. News top 100 list, earning "gold medal" recognition.
Next comes silver medal schools, including Athens Drive High, Cary High, Green Hope High and Sanderson High.
The school system did much better than on the 2009 list. That year, only Green Hope High made the list.
Noticeably absent again from the third annual U.S. News list is Enloe High School. While Enloe routinely makes the top 100 list for Newsweek, it's never made it to the U.S. News list.
The problem for Enloe is that U.S. News doesn't just look at International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement tests like Newsweek. U.S. News also looks at performance on state tests to see whether a school, as a whole and among its low-income and minority students, is doing better than expected.
Enloe's challenge is that its base students do much worse than the magnet students on state tests, creating one of the largest achievement gaps in the district.
The four Wake silver medal schools meant they fell short of making the top 100 list. But they're considered to have done a good job on state exams and on getting students ready for college.
Raleigh Charter likely got a boost on the list from having relatively few low-income and minority students. The majority of gold meal schools had lower percentages of minority and lower income students.
Wake had more schools on the list than Charlotte-Mecklenburg. Wake had four schools to Charlotte's three.
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