Saturday, May 21, 2011

2011 Best School's List - formerly by Newsweek and now by The Washington Post

I hate this list because it measures schools by how many AP tests are taken (not passed, just taken) divided by the number of kids in the senior class (and you know 35-50% of high school students drop out). This number is easily manipulated by schools. All they have to do is hand out every available AP test to every senior in the school and they are good to go. The students don't even have to be in AP classes to take the test. The cost of AP tests are subsidized in some low income schools with grants from businesses.

Also, it excludes some selective high schools, but includes other ones such as the #1and #2 on the list - both Dallas ISD schools that are NOT open to just anyone. You have to test to get in.

So my complaining aside, here are the Dallas area schools and how they ranked in the national list. There were a total of 1905 schools on the list.

National Rank - School - District

1. Science/Engineering magnet - Dallas ISD
2. Talented/Gifted magnet - Dallas ISD
10. North Hills Prep - charter in Irving, TX
11. Peak Prep - charter in Dallas, TX
19. Westlake - charter in Westlake, TX

35. Highland Park - Highland Park ISD
64. Law magnet - Dallas ISD
67. Business/Management magnet - Dallas ISD
68. Health Professions magnet - Dallas ISD
141. Booker T. Washington/Performing and Visial Arts magnet - Dallas ISD

159. Harmony Science Academy - charter in Dallas, TX
267. Grapevine - Grapevine-Colleyville ISD
271. WT White - Dallas ISD
299. Paschal - Ft. Worth ISD
330. Richardson - Richardson ISD

338. JJ Pearce - Richardson ISD
525. RL Turner - Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD
547. FW Academy of Fine Arts - public school in Fort Worth
588. Woodrow - Dallas ISD
595. Coppell - Coppell ISD

598. Hillcrest - Dallas ISD
652. Newman Smith - Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD
658. Garland - Garland ISD
762. Plano Sr. - Plani ISD
789. Southlake Carroll Sr. - Carroll ISD

845. Hebron - Lewisville ISD
863. Plano East - Plano ISD
864. LD Bell - Hurst Euless Bedford ISD
911. Flower Mound - Lewisville ISD
933. Berkner - Richardson ISD

980. Centennial - Frisco ISD
1124. Frisco - Frisco ISD
1155. Wakeland - Frisco ISD
1274 Trinity - Hurst Euless Bedford ISD
1295. Flower Mound Marcus - Lewisville ISD

1321. Creekview - Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD
1322. Allen - Allen ISD
1356. Lake Highlands - Richardson ISD
1634. Naaman Forest - Garland ISD

Link to National List