Who's Head of the Class? CT's Top Ranked High Schools

U.S News & World Report just released its 2014 high school rankings, and districts from the greater Hartford area and Fairfield County grabbed most of the top spots across the state.

Credit: Patch file photo
Credit: Patch file photo
The data has been collected and the numbers have been crunched, and the U.S. News & World Report has handed in its homework: the 2014 rankings for the top high schools across the country has just been released.

And this year, schools from the Hartford area and Fairfield County lead the way in academic excellence, fleshing out most of the spots at the top of the Connecticut's top ranked list. (see the list above)

At the head of the class this year is Academy of Aerospace and Engineering in Hartford, which U.S. News ranks as the state's best high school.

Fitch Senior High School and Ella T. Grasso Southeastern Technical High School were listed at unranked positions on the report's statewide list.

The full slate of the news magazine's Connecticut high school rankings can be found here.

Nation's Top School

The nation's top high school is School for the Talented and Gifted in Dallas, Texas. 

Only one Connecticut school ranked in the Top 25 of this year's list — the state's top ranked school, Academy of Aerospace and Engineering, at No. 15. 

Ranking Methodology

The report bases its findings on "the key principles that a great high school must serve all of its students well, not just those who are college bound, and that it must be able to produce measurable academic outcomes to show the school is successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators." 

Schools were then awarded gold, silver or bronze medals "based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college."

Click here to read the report's full methodology.
Marie Tyler Wiley April 24, 2014 at 05:13 PM
I BELIEVE those in the highly paid positions...aka; who dictate at the STATE level…what happens at the town level (as to what curriculum etc)...I don't think they're even paying attention...these days. I don't even think they have one scintilla of competition within their bones. They simply are figure heads who dole out money...I'm not so sure how evenly...but whatever. I beleive if they felt a sense of priority to our youth these numbers for CT would be much higher. Truthfully there should be NO difference between private and public education. And I know from both my husband and I having attended both private and public schools...public education stinks....And yet, we cannot afford to send our children to private schools. Someone gave me a great idea today and I thought it was wonderful. I’m not sure it’s workable…but I like the idea. In order to level the playing field…aka learning environment….all families should pay in $25 a month strictly to a state education fund. I’m sure all parents would happily pay that and can afford too. Why does it seem that 90% of the schools listed from CT are from the western part of the state? Why is there such a discrepancy? I didn’t notice one school from Eastern CT…save for Old Lyme (Congratulations btw). We don’t have it right here in CT, nor nationwide. All education should be free…all curriculums should be rigorous whether you’re in private school or not. The outcome for all of our students should be the same…an educational, fully rounded, adaptable and thinking student. And they are NOT! Perhaps we should critique the best school listed and employ their standards in all of our school state wide.
B.R.E.E. April 25, 2014 at 04:18 PM
I wish that the individuals ranking these schools did a better job of explaining the numbers. Some schools have much higher CT standardized scores than others yet remained unranked. Also, New London High School was awarded a Bronze medal while only 7% of students passed AP exams. It seems that some weight was afforded to schools who have a significant amount of lower income students, but how much is unclear. I was really surprised that Fitch's college readiness is so close to Waterford and Ledyard.


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