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Who's Head of the Class? CT's Top Ranked High Schools

U.S News & World Report just released its 2014 high school rankings, and districts from the greater Hartford area and Fairfield County grabbed most of the top spots across the state.


Written by Julie Weisberg

The data has been collected and the numbers have been crunched, and the U.S. News & World Report has handed in its homework: the 2014 rankings for the top high schools across the country has just been released.

And this year, schools from the Hartford area and Fairfield County lead the way in academic excellence, fleshing out most of the spots at the top of the Connecticut's top ranked list. (see the list above)

At the head of the class this year is Academy of Aerospace and Engineering in Hartford, which U.S. News ranks as the state's best high school.

The full slate of the news magazine's Connecticut high school rankings can be found here.

Nation's Top School

The nation's top high school is School for the Talented and Gifted in Dallas, TX. 

Only one Connecticut school ranked in the Top 25 of this year's list — the state's top ranked school, Academy of Aerospace and Engineering, at No. 15.

Ranking Methodology

The report bases its findings on "the key principles that a great high school must serve all of its students well, not just those who are college bound, and that it must be able to produce measurable academic outcomes to show the school is successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators." 

Schools were then awarded gold, silver or bronze medals "based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college."

Click here to read the report's full methodology.
Stephanie Paulmeno, MS, RN, NHA April 24, 2014 at 07:38 AM
Congratulations to Greenwich High School administration, teachers, staff and students for their 15th place finish among the 20 top high schools in Connecticut; and this distinction earned even with our student to teacher ratio below the state average. Just imagine how much better GHS would have been able to do if our student to teacher ratio had been at or above the state average! Can't we do better in Greenwich than below average (which is what near average means) in providing our students with an optimum student teacher ratio? I think in these highly competitive times we owe our children and our students the absolute best we can give them. Maybe with an optimum ratio our students could have topped the charts...but they did outstandingly well anyway! Kudos to GHS! Stephanie R. Paulmeno

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