Eight Oklahoma high schools named to top 1,000 list

Newsweek released its list of America's top 1,000 high schools Monday, and eight Oklahoma schools made the cut.
BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL ccoppernoll@opubco.com Published: May 22, 2012
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Eight Oklahoma schools were included in Newsweek's annual list of the country's best 1,000 high schools.

Two schools made the top 100: Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics and Classen School of Advanced Studies.

The Newsweek list was calculated based on factors such as graduation rates, college acceptance, advanced coursework and scores from college entrance exams.

The following is information about the Oklahoma schools on the list:

No. 35: Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics. The school has a 90 percent graduation rate, and all of its students plan to attend college. OSSM students score an average of 32 out of 36 on the ACT, the second highest average score on the entire list of 1,000 top schools. Students have an average SAT score of 2014 out of 2400, the 15th highest of all schools on Newsweek's list. Admission is competitive to the two-year, residential school, though any Oklahoma student can apply.

No. 39: Classen School of Advanced Studies. The Oklahoma City magnet school has a 100 percent graduation rate, and 99 percent of its students plan to attend college. Students have an average SAT score of 1778 out of 2400 and an ACT score of 25.5 out of 36. Students must apply or audition to attend.

No. 119: Harding Charter Preparatory School. The Oklahoma City charter school has a 100 percent graduation rate, and all of its students plan to attend college. Students have an average ACT score of 22.7 out of 36.



What was top school?

The top school on Newsweek's list was the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Bowling Green, Ken.

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