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Head of the class

A handful of OKC-area schools make Newsweek’s list of top high schools in the nation.

Gazette staff May 21st, 2012

Several Oklahoma City metro schools were named by Newsweek as among the 1,000 best high schools in the country.

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The magazine unveiled its annual list today, noting that the rankings are based on graduation rates, college matriculation rates, advanced placement or international baccalaureate tests taken per student, average SAT and ACT scores, average high-level test scores and AP courses offered.

The Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics was ranked 35th, while the Classen School of Advanced Studies came in at 39th. Harding Charter Preparatory was 119th. All three schools, none of which are open-enrollment, are located in Oklahoma City.

Edmond Memorial High School was ranked 696th.

Norman was the state’s only district to have two open-enrollment schools on the list: Norman High School (796th) and Norman North High School (878th).

“To be among the top 1000 schools in the entire country is a huge affirmation of the work being done at both Norman high schools,” said Joe Siano, Norman Public Schools superintendent. “It is our mission to ensure that every NPS graduate is college- and work-ready, and has received an education not only competitive with their peers in Oklahoma, but with their peers across the nation.”

Two Tulsa schools made the cut. Booker T. Washington, a magnet school, came in at 124th, while charter school Dove Science Academy ranked 615th.

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