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4-19 Arlington High Schools Continue to Rank Among Nation’s Best


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For Immediate Release:
April 19, 2016
For more information, contact the Dept. of School and Community Relations at 703-228-6004 www.apsva.us
 Arlington High Schools Continue to Rank Among Nation’s Best
All APS High Schools Rank in Top 100 Schools in the Region
The Washington Post announced its annual "Challenge Index" rankings of U.S. high schools this week. The index ranked all four Arlington high schools in the top 100 among the region’s high schools and showed that APS high schools continue to maintain a high ranking among all 22,000 high schools in the nation.

APS Among Top High Schools in the Region
For high schools in the metropolitan Washington area, the Challenge Index ranked APS’s three comprehensive high schools as well as H-B Woodlawn in the top 100.
  • Washington-Lee - #4
  • H-B Woodlawn - #7
  • Yorktown High School - #11
  • Wakefield High School - #82
APS Among the Top High Schools in the Nation
Out of the 2,300 schools with a Challenge Index rating of 1.000 or higher, which includes nine percent of all high schools in the nation, APS high schools earned the following scores:
  • Washington-Lee - #133 (with a rating of 5.714)
  • H-B Woodlawn - #150 (with a rating of 5.418)
  • Yorktown - #166 (with a rating of 5.165)
  • Wakefield - #904 (with a rating of 2.633)
“We strongly believe in high expectations for all of our students and we work with them to set rigorous academic goals. These annual rankings are a strong indicator of our students’ willingness to rise up and meet their goals. Their level of academic achievement is impressive,” said Superintendent Dr. Pat Murphy. “Encouraging students to challenge themselves academically is an important part of their academic journey to prepare themselves for their future aspirations in life.”

Rankings are determined by using The Washington Post Challenge Index, which rates each school by dividing the total number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and/or Cambridge tests taken by all students at a school in 2013 divided by the number of graduating seniors. A score of 1.000 means the school had as many AP and/or IB tests taken as graduating seniors. More information about the Challenge Index is available online.

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