Connecticut has some of the nation’s best high schools according to U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings. Overall, the caliber of the state’s high schools made Connecticut the number three state in the nation. The schools were ranked using state assessments in math, science and English language arts. Maryland was ranked at the top of the list, with nearly 30 percent of it’s schools earning gold or silver medals. California came in second with 27 percent, and Connecticut had 25 percent.
Connecticut’s top ranked high school, the Connecticut International Baccalaureate Academy in East Hartford, earned a place in the nation’s top 50 high schools, ranked at #34.
Here are the top 10 high schools in Connecticut, according to the list:
- Connecticut International Baccalaureate Academy in East Hartford
- Amistad Academy in New Haven
- Academy of Aerospace and Engineering in Hartford
- Conard High School in West Hartford
- Weston High School in Weston
- Simsbury High School in Simsbury
- Staples High School in Westport
- Darien High School in Darien
- Wilton High School in Wilton
- Farmington High School in Farmington
In the 2015 U.S. News Best High Schools rankings, Connecticut has 14 gold medal schools, 35 silver medal schools and nine bronze medal schools. One of the bronze medal winners, Sports & Med Science, is in Hartford.
On the national list, Connecticut’s second ranked high school, the Amistad Academy in New Haven, was ranked #145. The Academy of Aerospace and Engineering in Hartford was ranked #171 in the nation. West Hartford’s Conard High School was ranked #203, Weston High School was #264 and Simsbury High School was ranked #300 in the nation.
Just outside the top 10 high schools in the state, Ridgefield High School was #11, Hall High School in West Hartford was #12, Joel Barlow High School in Redding was #13 and Greenwich High School was #14.
To produce the 2015 Best High Schools rankings, U.S. News & World Report teamed with North Carolina-based RTI International, a global nonprofit social science research firm. The magazine used a three-step process to determined the Best High Schools. The first two steps was designed to ensure that the schools serve all of their students well, using their performance on the math and reading parts of their state proficiency tests as the benchmarks. For those schools that made it past the first two steps, a third step assessed the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work, the magazine explained.