Nine Colorado high schools among top 500 nationally in annual survey


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DENVER — Newsweek is out with its annual survey of the top 500 high schools in the country and nine Colorado institutions made the list.

The news magazine used a broad range of data “to determine which institutions do the best job of preparing students for college.”

Four of the top five schools are in New Jersey: High Technology High School, Academy for Mathematics Science and Engineering, Union County Magnet High School and Bergen County Academies. Those schools followed the No. 1 school, Thomas Jefferson High School in Alexandria, Va.

The highest ranked Colorado school is Colorado Early College Fort Collins, which was ranked No. 66 nationally.

The other Colorado schools that made the list are D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High School in Denver (No. 81), The Classical Academy in Colorado Springs (No. 298), TCA College Pathways in Colorado Springs (No. 340), Monarch High School in Louisville (No. 356), Mountain Vista High School in Highlands Ranch (No. 384), Aspen High School (No. 398), Rock Canyon High School in Highlands Ranch/Littleton (No. 457) and Jefferson Charter Academy Senior High School in Broomfield (No. 465).

According to Newsweek’s methodology, the rankings were based on its College Readiness Index, calculated according to college enrollment rate, graduation rate, weighted AP/IB/Dual Enrollment composite, weighted SAT/ACT composite, student retention and a counselor-to-student ratio.

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