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Florida’s public high schools have seen better years than this year’s U.S. News & World Report’s rankings.
Although Florida ranked fourth among other states for having the most high-achieving schools, Pine View School in Sarasota was the only Florida school to make the top 20 list (it ranked 19th) out of 20,000 charter and traditional public high schools evaluated.
But although the Sunshine State’s rankings dropped nationally, the usual schools reclaimed their spots at the top of the state’s list.
Miami-Dade schools clinched five spots in the state’s top 10, all of them either magnet or charter schools.
Design and Architecture Senior High remains the second-best school in the state and seventh best among all U.S. magnet schools. It’s No. 25 nationally (down from No. 22 in 2017).
International Studies Charter High ranked third in the state (26th overall), and International Studies Preparatory Academy ranked seventh (62nd overall). Young Women’s Preparatory Academy ranked 10th in the state (73rd overall).
Archimedean Upper Conservatory Charter School in Miami bucked the trend by jumping from No. 11 in the state to No. 5 and from 81st to 47th in the national rankings.
South Florida charter schools performed the best among Florida schools in the Best Charter Schools rankings. International Studies Charter High ranked 11th nationally, followed by Archimedean (No. 14), Doral Performing Arts and Entertainment Academy (No. 39), Doral Academy Charter High (No. 61) and Somerset Arts Conservatory (No. 74) in Pembroke Pines.
Just one Broward County school made the top 200 best high schools nationally. Pompano Beach High clocked in at No. 189.
Massachusetts, California and Maryland topped Florida as states with the largest proportion of high schools earning gold and silver medals.
That means 23.4 percent of Florida high schools exceeded expectations on math and reading tests; had minority and low-income students surpass the state average among those groups; did not have graduation rates below 80 percent and had high pass rates on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams.
A chain of charter schools in Arizona took the top five spots in the nationwide rankings.
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