Jacksonville, FL - According to the 2012 national schools' report card list created by Newsweek, Stanton College Preparatory School ranked eighth while Paxon School for Advanced Studies ranked 23rd among the top 100 schools in the nation. Of all Florida high schools, Stanton is the highest ranking school on the list in the state of Florida.
"It's always a great feeling when our schools stand out in the nation," said Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals. "As a district, we want to see more of our schools receive this type of well-deserved recognition for academic excellence."
Newsweek produces the annual report called America's Best High Schools that ranks the 1,000 best public high schools in the nation - the ones that have proven to be the most effective in turning out college-ready graduates. Florida has 69 in the top 1,000, with only California, New York, New Jersey and Texas having more.
Also of note were Douglas Anderson School of the Arts at 335th and Mandarin High School at 857th in the Newsweek rankings.
"This is an incredible honor and I congratulate Florida's students, teachers, principals, superintendents and school boards for this great achievement," said Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson. "Florida's public education system is one of the best in the nation, and this report card bears that out."
The report card measures high schools based on six components: graduation rate (25 percent); college matriculation rate (25 percent); Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) tests taken per student (25 percent); average SAT and ACT scores (10 percent); average AP, IB, and AICE scores (10 percent); and AP courses offered per student (5 percent).
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