Payton College Prep tops 2018 list of Illinois' best high schools

Payton College Prep tops 2018 list of Illinois' best high schools

Twenty three of America's top 500 public high schools are in New Jersey, including five that rank among the top 100, according to a new ranking.

More than 20,500 high schools were evaluated by U.S. News, with 5,948 of them receiving national recognition.

The charter school on Fresno State's campus is also ranked as one of the best schools nationwide, placing 74th in the country.

U.S. News & World Report uses a four-step process to determine Best High Schools.

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"The hard work, dedication, and commitment to high-quality education that is shown on a daily basis as you walk through the hallways and classrooms of both our high schools are what makes Sylvania an incredible place to call home and raise a family", he said.

Ocean Springs' "scorecard" included a 33.3 College Readiness Index with 44 percent AP tested, 65 percent AP passed, 41 percent mathematics proficiency and 61 percent reading proficiency. It is a silver medal school.

International Studies Charter High ranked third in the state (26th overall), and International Studies Preparatory Academy ranked seventh (62nd overall). The AP® participation rate at Ridgefield High School is 70 percent.

In Poway Unified, 14.5 percent of students come from low-income homes, and just under 12 percent are English learners, according to the California School Dashboard, which tracks demographics and performance for the state's schools.

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U.S. News analyzed data from more than 20,500 schools across the county to determine the rankings.

The Palm Beach County School District said in a statement that Suncoast has made teaching financial literacy a priority. "We selected schools that outperformed their state averages".

"We're thrilled with the No. 1 ranking", Miller said.

The majority of the rankings were based on a combination of metrics including performance on state proficiency tests, graduation rates, and performance on Advanced Placement tests.

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