(WKBW release) One of three national publications that annually rank public high schools has named the Best Schools for 2012, and three Buffalo Public Schools earned honors.
According to a news release:
US News & World Report surveyed more than 21,000 public high schools across the nation, of which only 4,813 made the rankings.
For the third year in a row, City Honors again received a Gold Medal as the #3 school in New York State and #23 in the nation. City Honors is also the #3 International Baccalaureate School in the country, and the #1 Magnet School in New York State. Additionally, City Honors was one of only 26 schools in the entire country recognized for preparing 100% of its graduates for college.
Two more Buffalo Schools, Hutchinson Central Technical High School and DaVinci High School received Bronze Medals in the 2012 rankings, indicating that they are ranked among the top 25% of public high schools in the entire United States.
The magazine partnered with the American Institutes for Research, one of the largest research organizations in the nation, to produce its fourth edition of the Best High Schools rankings. U.S. News’ rankings list the best high schools in the nation based on its college readiness index, which was determined using the results of Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate assessments. The schools were first narrowed down based on standardized test scores, the performance of economically disadvantaged students, and finally AP or IB test participation and passing rates in the senior class from the 2009-10 school year.
Other publications that participate in school use different criteria. For example, criteria examined by US News varies from that used by Newsweek (City Honors ranked #16 in 2011) or the Washington Post (City Honors ranked #9 in 2011).