By Susan Parks-Schlepp
Special to The Sun
Newsweek magazine has named all three Edmond High Schools to its list of top high schools in the nation.
The magazine, in partnership with its sister digital publication, The Daily Beast, annually lists the top high schools across the country. The magazine listed Edmond Memorial High School No. 631, Edmond North No. 796 and Edmond Santa Fe No. 1465 among the top 2,000 high schools in the nation.
“This Newsweek listing is further validation of Edmond Public Schools’ academic rigor and successes which come about as a result of the dedicated efforts of our students, educators and supportive community,” said Superintendent David Goin. “Edmond educators work together day in and day out with the goal of making a difference in students’ lives. This achievement is a direct reflection of their efforts.”
The methodology Newsweek used to determine the rankings included a school’s graduation rate, the rate at which students go to college and average SAT and ACT scores. The newsmagazine also looked at the percentage of students taking Advanced Placement tests and the scores from those exams.
In addition to public schools, charter, magnet and selective admissions high schools were included in the magazine’s evaluation. Sixteen Oklahoma high schools were listed for 2013. On the state list, Newsweek ranked Memorial No. 4, North No. 5 and Santa Fe No. 13.
Last month, all three Edmond High Schools also were listed among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
To learn more about the Newsweek rankings, go to http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2013/05/06/america-s-best-high-schools.html.