High schools in Oklahoma City, Edmond and Norman are among the top 10 in Oklahoma in U.S. News & World Report's annual ranking of schools in each state.
The 2012 rankings were released this week.
Harding Charter Preparatory High School topped the list, with Classen School of Advanced Studies at second and Edmond North High School third.
Other top 10 high schools on the list in order of their rankings are: Booker T. Washington in Tulsa; Edmond Memorial High School; Norman High School; Dove Science Academy; Deer Creek High School in Oklahoma County; Norman North High School; and Edmond Santa Fe High School.
The national report reviewed 21,776 public, charter and magnet high schools in the United States, and in Oklahoma awarded 113 with distinction. Those in the top 10 are in the top 5 percent of high schools nationally.
Rankings were tabulated based on schools' student-to-teacher ratios, student proficiency on federally mandated exams in mathematics and reading, and the percentage of students scoring 3 or better on Advanced Placement exams.
Harding Head of School Carole Kelley said she attributes the school's No. 1 ranking to “great teachers and great students.”
Harding is unique in that students may apply to attend no matter where they live in the metro area.
“Everyone here is here by choice,” Kelley said. “That doesn't mean they are the cream of the crop. Ten percent of students enrolling last year were below the seventh-grade reading level.”
Those students are advised to take supplemental reading classes to improve their proficiency, she said.
The high school, 3333 N Shartel Ave., was started nine years ago as a college preparatory school and will graduate its sixth class this spring, Kelley said.
“We're just so very proud of the ranking,” she said.
Jason Brown, executive director of secondary education in the Edmond School District, said school officials “are elated that all three of our high schools ranked among the top 10 best schools in Oklahoma. I believe that a detailed analysis of the schools on the list will reveal that we are the best district in the state at educating our students.”
Norman School District Superintendent Joe Siano said he was proud that both of Norman's high schools were in the top 10 and ranked among some of the best high schools in the country.
To view all the state schools listed, go to www.us