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New report ranks the state's and nation's top high schools

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A new study has examined and ranked thousands of high schools across the country.

After evaluating over 20,000 public high schools nationwide, U.S. News and World Report released their 2018 edition of 'Best High Schools' this week.

The study looks at how schools are best serving all students - including historically under-served populations - and how students are being prepared for college-level coursework.

STEM, Magnet, and Charter schools were also part of the evaluation process.

"Top-ranked schools succeed in three main areas: exceeding expectations on state proficiency tests, offering challenging coursework and graduating their students.  We encourage parents to use the Best High Schools rankings and data to research which schools in their state and nationwide are ensuring students are well-equipped for the future," said Anita Naraya, managing editor of Education for U.S. News in a statement.

Each school's ranking was derived after analyzing data covering a number of factors, including graduation rates, diversity, A.P. and International Baccalaureate test data, enrollment, participation in free or reduced-price lunch programs, and state assessments.

Five schools from Arizona led the pack for national rankings:

  1. BASIS - Scottsdale, AZ 
  2. BASIS - Chandler, AZ
  3. BASIS - Oro Valley, AZ
  4. BASIS - Tucson North, AZ 
  5. BASIS - Flagstaff, AZ

Boston Latin School topped the list of Massachusetts rankings, followed by Advanced Math and Science Academy Charter School in Marlborough at number 2 and Mystic Valley Regional Charter School in Malden at number 3 three.

Only one Western Massachusetts school - Lenox Memorial High School in Lenox - made the top ten.

>>> CLICK HERE to see the other top 25 schools in Massachusetts

Schools that are among the top-performing receive a gold, silver, or bronze recognition from U.S. News and World Report.  The gold medal, the publication noted, indicates "the greatest level of college readiness."

Massachusetts ranked first among all states with the highest percentage of eligible schools that will receive a gold or silver medal.  California and Maryland rounded out the top three states.  

To find out how your school district fared, as well as the full national and state-by-state rankings and methodology, you can CLICK HERE.

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