Alameda high schools make Newsweek’s top school list
Jut in time for grad week, Newsweek magazine has released its top schools list. Looks like both Alameda and Encinal high schools made the list for the fifth year running, ranking 602 and 1,087 respectively.
The news magazine builds its list based on the number of advanced placement and International Baccalaureate and Cambridge tests taken by all of the school’s students divided by the number of graduating seniors. Just six percent of the nation’s public high schools, or 1,500 of 27,000 schools, made the list.
Alameda High’s ranking slipped a bit from last year’s and Encinal’s grew, with Alameda High students taking almost two AP/IB classes per graduation senior and Encinal students taking about one and a half per graduating senior.
The list also offers information about the percentage of graduating seniors at each school that passed at least one AP or IB test (38.5 percent at Alameda High, 23.5 percent at Encinal) and the percentage of students who qualify for free and reduced price lunches (19 and 42, resepctively).
The top schools, by the way, were Talented and Gifted in Dallas, Texas; Science/Engineering Magnet, also in Dallas; and Jefferson County IBS, in Irondale, Alabama.