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OKC area high schools among state's best

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Harding Charter Schools in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman archives]
Harding Charter Schools in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman archives]

Oklahoma City and Edmond are well-represented in the latest rankings of Oklahoma high schools by U.S. News & World Report.

Four of the Top 5 schools on the list are Oklahoma City schools, led by Harding Charter Preparatory High School for the second straight year. Classen School of Advanced Studies is ranked No. 2, followed by Tulsa's Booker T. Washington High School, Dove Science Academy, and Harding Fine Arts Academy.

Harding Charter Prep improved its national ranking from 150 to 118, Principal Steven Stefanick told The Oklahoman.

"I think a large part of the success at Harding has to do with the involvement of families and parents and the hard work from our students and teachers," he said. "The expectation is regardless of where the students come from the end goal is every child here will graduate in order to be successful at any four-year university."

Rounding out the state's Top 10 schools are Edmond Memorial, Edmond North, Deer Creek, Santa Fe, and Tulsa's Thomas Edison Preparatory High School.

Other Oklahoma City metro-area schools ranked in the Top 20 include Bethany High School (No. 14), Southeast High School (No. 15), Norman North High School (No. 18), Carl Albert High School (No. 19) and Westmoore High School (No. 20).

"I think all of the Oklahoma City schools included in the Top 15 have one thing in common: They have high expectations for students and they offer rigorous International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement coursework," said Mark Mann, a school board member whose district includes Harding Charter Prep, Classen SAS, Dove Science Academy and Harding Fine Arts.

The publication's 2019 Best High School rankings reviewed more than 23,000 U.S. public high schools based on college readiness, reading and math proficiency, reading and math performance, underserved student performance, college curriculum breadth and graduation rates. College readiness measures participation and performance on AP and IB exams.

Academic Magnet High School in South Carolina was the top-ranked high school in the country, followed by Maine School of Science and Mathematics, BASIS (Arizona), Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (Virginia)and Central Magnet School (Tennessee).

Tim Willert

Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers K-12 education, including Oklahoma City Public Schools and the state Education Department. Before that he covered district, federal and appellate courts in Oklahoma County. Prior... Read more ›

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