Three Miami-Dade Charter Schools Make Newsweek's Best High School List

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Three Miami-Dade high schools cracked the Top 100 in Newsweek's annual high school ranking list, and they're all charter schools.

Newsweek actually split its rankings into two lists this year: a general top high schools list, and a list for the 100 best schools for low-income students. No Miami schools made the low-income list.

The International Studies Charter High School came out highest on the list of any South Florida school, ranking 85th overall. Interestingly, that school was started by the Spanish, Italian, and French embassies with help from Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Students can take classes in Spanish, Italian, or French.

Doral Performing Arts & Entertainment Academy came in 87th. The affiliated Doral Academy Preparatory High School came in 95th.

To tabulate the rankings, Newsweek filtered out the top 20 percent of high schools in each state based on an achievement index. Factors such as enrollment rate, graduation rate, weighted AP/IB score, weighted SAT/ACT score, holding power, and counselor-to-student ratio were weighed.

To create the separate list of best schools for low-income students, Newsweek considered schools where "economically disadvantaged students performed better than the state average for all students in reading and mathematics" and then ranked them by the same method as the other schools. No Miami-Dade schools were ranked on that list.

Noticeably, the School for Advances Studies, which came in sixth on last year's list, was nowhere to be found this year. Archimedean Upper Conservatory, MAST Academy, Coral Reef Senior High School, Young Women's Preparatory Academy, and Design & Architecture Senior High also made the Top 150 last year but did not crack either of Newsweek's lists this year.

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