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Newsweek Public Elites[edit]

Keeping track of Newsweek "Public Elites," schools considered too good to be on Newsweek's "Best High Schools in America" aka "Top Public High Schools in America" list

For the past few years, Newsweek has ranked public high schools in the US by the Challenge Index, the number of Advanced Placement, Intl. Baccalaureate and/or Cambridge tests taken by all students at a school divided by the number of graduating seniors. The top 5 percent of public schools measured in this way are included in a "Top Public High Schools in America" list. In 2008, 1428 schools were listed out of 23,800 public secondary schools. [1][2]

Newsweek excludes public schools with exceptionally high test scores from the list, and names them "Public elites." Typically, the cutoff is schools with average SAT scores above 1300 (Mathematics+Critical reading/Verbal) or average ACT scores above 27. In 2008, the reasoning was their "sky-high SAT and ACT scores indicate the schools have few or no average students" and according to the designer of the Challenge Index (Jay Mathews) are "too good for my list." [3][4]

The following table shows the Newsweek "Public Elites" from 2006-2009. There were 22 in 2006, 21 in 2007, 17 in 2008, and 16 in 2009.


Newsweek Public Elites (sortable table)
School Name 2006 (22) 2007 (21) 2008 (17) 2009 (16) Number of appearances Article Status (recent changes)
Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts Red XN 0 Green tickY 1 Red XN 0 Red XN 0 1 Start/Low
Benjamin Franklin High School (New Orleans, Louisiana) Green tickY 1 Green tickY 1 Red XN 0 Red XN 0 2 Symbol support vote.svgGA/Mid
Bergen County Academies Green tickY 1 Green tickY 1 Green tickY 1 Green tickY 1 4 B/High
Bronx High School of Science Green tickY 1 Green tickY 1 Green tickY 1 Green tickY 1 4 B/High
Brooklyn Technical High School Red XN 0 Red XN 0 Green tickY 1 Red XN 0 1 B/High
Gatton Academy of Math and Science Red XN 0 Red XN 0 Red XN 0 Green tickY 1 1 NA/NA
High Technology High School Green tickY 1 Green tickY 1 Green tickY 1 Green tickY 1 4 Start/High
Hunter College High School Green tickY 1 Green tickY 1 Green tickY 1 Green tickY 1 4 C/High
Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy Green tickY 1 Green tickY 1 Green tickY 1 Green tickY 1 4 Start/High
International Community School (Kirkland, Washington) Red XN 0 Red XN 0 Green tickY 1 Green tickY 1 2 Start/?
Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts Green tickY 1 Green tickY 1 Red XN 0 Red XN 0 2 Start/Mid
Maggie L. Walker Governor's School for Government and International Studies Green tickY 1 Green tickY 1 Green tickY 1 Green tickY 1 4 Start/Mid
North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics Green tickY 1 Green tickY 1 Green tickY 1 Green tickY 1 4 Start/High
Northside College Preparatory High School Green tickY 1 Green tickY 1 Red XN 0 Red XN 0 2 Start/Mid
Northwood High School (Irvine, California) Green tickY 1 Red XN 0 Red XN 0 Red XN 0 1 Start/High
Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics Green tickY 1 Green tickY 1 Green tickY 1 Green tickY 1 4 Start/Mid
Pacific Collegiate School Green tickY 1 Green tickY 1 Red XN 0 Red XN 0 2 Start/Mid
Pine View School Green tickY 1 Green tickY 1 Red XN 0 Red XN 0 2 Start/Mid
South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics Green tickY 1 Green tickY 1 Green tickY 1 Green tickY 1 4 Start/?
Stuyvesant High School Green tickY 1 Green tickY 1 Green tickY 1 Green tickY 1 4 Featured article star.svgFA/Top
Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science Green tickY 1 Green tickY 1 Red XN 0 Red XN 0 2 Start/Low
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology Green tickY 1 Green tickY 1 Green tickY 1 Green tickY 1 4 B/High
Union County Magnet High School Green tickY 1 Red XN 0 Green tickY 1 Green tickY 1 3 Start/Mid
University High School (Tucson) Green tickY 1 Green tickY 1 Green tickY 1 Red XN 0 3 Start/Mid
University Laboratory High School of Urbana, Illinois Green tickY 1 Green tickY 1 Green tickY 1 Green tickY 1 4 B/High
Whitney High School (Cerritos, California) Green tickY 1 Green tickY 1 Green tickY 1 Green tickY 1 4 B/High
Overall total=26


Public Elites 2008 Public Elites 2009 Archived Newsweek pages (scroll to the bottom once the page has loaded): Public Elites 2006 Public Elites 2007[1][2][3][4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Newsweek (May 8, 2006) The Public Elites. Newsweek Magazine. Retrieved on 2006-11-17.
  2. ^ Newsweek (May 28, 2007) The Public Elites. Newsweek Magazine. Retrieved on 2007-08-07.
  3. ^ Newsweek (May 20, 2008) Newsweek Public Elites 2008 Newsweek Magazine. Retrieved on 2008-05-21.
  4. ^ Newsweek (May 20, 2008) The Top of the Class: The complete list of the 1,300 top U.S. high schools. Newsweek Magazine. Retrieved on 2008-05-21.
  5. ^ Newsweek (June 8, 2009) Newsweek Public Elites 2009 Newsweek Magazine. Retrieved on 2009-07-16.

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Newsweek/WSJ ranking and automatic minimum importance[edit]

Newsweek[edit]

I believe Newsweek's Top Public High School List is one of the only regularly published numerical academic rankings of public secondary schools in the United States. The Newsweek ranking of a school has influenced how editors rate the importance, but I don't think we have a set standard. If the Newsweek ranking is one of the only major standouts, I think importance should have a set minimum of:
consistent top 50 or "public elite"-> automatic Mid importance ranking
Note: there are approximately 26,500 secondary schools in the United States [5]
23,800 public secondary schools are considered
1,428 schools were ranked in 2008 [6], + 17 public elites [7]
A Newsweek ranking alone shouldn't be enough for Mid importance unless the school is in the top 50 or public elite list, about 70 schools total. Also, I've been keeping track of Newsweek public elite schools and their rating at User:Jh12/Draft3. Our assessment ratings have been good; as expected they are all Mid-High importance except for the two schools that don't even mention they are on the list. --Jh12 (talk) 06:59, 25 July 2008 (UTC)

Wall Street Journal[edit]

Unlike the Newsweek list, I think every school on the Wall Street Journal list here should probably be automatic High importance. The WSJ list is based on admission to top American universities, regardless of school type, and as a result includes some of the best boarding, private, and public schools in the nation. --Jh12 (talk) 21:17, 28 July 2008 (UTC)

Africa Almanac[edit]

Rankings of African secondary schools in 2003