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Philly-area high schools among top 30 of US News ranking

April 30, 2019 - 11:00 am

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — U.S. News and World Report is out with its annual ranking of the country's best public high schools

Two of the top 30 are from the Philadelphia area.

Masterman High School on Spring Garden Street in Philadelphia is No. 22 in the country, and Downingtown STEM Academy is No. 29.


U.S. News Managing Editor of Education Anita Narayan says the top-ranked schools share certain traits. 

"In a nutshell, the highest-ranked schools are those whose students excelled on state tests and performed beyond expectations, participated in and passed a variety of college-level AP and/or IB exams, and graduated in high proportions," Narayan said.

The magazine changed its method for ranking schools this year to include factors like the performance of what it calls "underserved students," based on how Black, Hispanic and low-income students performed on state assessments compared with those in the state whose schools have more resources.

U.S. News ranked 17,245 public high schools out of more than 23,000 in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The new rankings, also consider college readiness of graduates, the breadth of college curriculum, math and reading proficiency, math and reading performance, and graduation rates.